Ward backs Nobbs’ England spot push and Villa's progress after extending reign

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CARLA WARD is backing Jordan Nobbs to place herself within the body for a spot in Sarina Wiegman’s England squad.

And the Aston Villa boss, who has prolonged her contract as supervisor of the membership’s WSL facet, has not dominated out extra January switch signings.

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Carla Ward’s contract extension will see her stay at Aston Villa’s helm till the top of subsequent seasonCredit score: Getty
Jordan Nobbs impressed Ward on her Villa debut with the player in line to start against Manchester City

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Jordan Nobbs impressed Ward on her Villa debut with the participant in line to start out in opposition to Manchester MetropolisCredit score: Getty

Ward, 39, whose group tackle Manchester Metropolis on Saturday, has seen her facet make a successful begin to the yr following Lucy Staniforth and Nobbs becoming a member of their ranks. 

The skilled midfield duo have been each given debuts by Ward final Saturday with the Villans clinching a 2-1 residence win in opposition to Tottenham. 

Nobbs’ first turnout in a Villa shirt got here simply over two months on from her recall to the England squad forward of Wiegman’s facet’s pleasant defeat of Japan and draw with Norway.

Nevertheless the participant was pressured to withdraw from the Lionesses squad forward of these November attributable to a minor damage. 

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Ward, who was impressed by Nobbs’ shift on her Villa debut, mentioned: “After her first sport, I’ll be trustworthy, I acquired straight on the telephone to Sarina.  

“I said, ‘You’ve got to be watching our games currently because we’ve got players massively performing and they’re doing well’.”

Villa’s duel with Man Metropolis at 11:30 on Saturday comes two days after the membership introduced a contract extension for Ward.

Her new deal will see her stay in command of the group till the top of the 2023-24 season. 

Since taking on the reins after leaving Birmingham Metropolis Ward has led her facet to a ninth place end final time period. 

And she or he has strengthened the depth of her squad this time period including skilled internationals to her ranks. 

Gamers embrace summer season signings Rachel Daly, Kenza Dali and Kirsty Hanson (who’s on mortgage from Manchester United)  with Nobbs and Staniforth becoming a member of the membership this month. 

On Villa’s progress and the potential of additional signings this month, Ward added: “I’m unsure (of extra signings).

“However the window is all the time alive and kicking till it closes. I’ll proceed to knock on (Villa head of girls’s soccer) Lee Billiard’s door. 

“A number of the infrastructure we’ve put in place, and a number of the our bodies we’ve introduced in has been key to the success on the pitch.

“Now it’s about moving forward.”

Ward’s efforts round growth of the group has supplied some reward this time period. 

Villa could move up to fifth in the WSL if they defeat Manchester City before Everton's and West Ham's clash

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Villa may transfer as much as fifth within the WSL in the event that they defeat Manchester Metropolis earlier than Everton’s and West Ham’s conflictCredit score: Getty

Her facet have reached the knockout phases of the Continental Cup and notched up 5 wins from their first ten video games together with a 4-3 defeat of Man Metropolis within the league.

Ward, reflecting on the win, mentioned: “That day I used to be emotionally drained by the ninetieth minute. 

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“It was an unbelievable sport of soccer that I’ve watched again a couple of instances. 

“I think this one will be very different. Manchester City have progressed massively, as have we.”



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