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VIDEO – Sports stars pledge their support for England Women

05 July 2014

  • Jessica Ennis-Hill, Alan Shearer and Michael Owen among those backing England Women
  • Show your own support by using #carrythemhome on Twitter

With less than a month to go before England face Samoa in their opening game of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Paris, some of Great Britain's most recognisable sporting stars, including former England footballers Alan Shearer and Michael Owen, have joined the campaign to show support for the team.

Olympic Gold Medallist, Jessica Ennis-Hill, said: “Please join me in showing your support for England Women at this summer’s Rugby World Cup by tweeting a message of encouragement to @EnglandRugby using #CarryThemHome. Come on England.”

England Women’s flanker, Maggie Alphonsi, said: “To receive messages of support from such an elite field of sporting talent is incredible and has motivated all the team even more ahead of this summer’s World Cup.

England Women flanker Maggie Alphonsi

Photo: Getty Images

“The Women’s Rugby World Cup is an opportunity for us to showcase our sport and we hope that the nation will help back our country in what promises to be a spectacular event.”

England will play Samoa on August 1, Spain on August 5 and Canada on August 9 at Marcoussis in Paris. The semi-finals and final take place on August 13 and 17 at Stade Jean Bouin. All matches will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

England Rugby is calling all fans to come together as a patriotic show of support for the England team by tweeting their messages of encouragement to @EnglandRugby using #CarryThemHome in the lead up to the tournament.