England star Hannah Martin praised the vocal home support and is looking forward to more of it when they take on the USA on Wednesday night.
The hosts started their Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup with a 1-1 draw against India and Martin believes the fans played their part as England grabbed a late equaliser.
Martin said: “It was quite surreal jogging out and seeing just how many people were actually there. The stand goes all the way to the top and the crowd definitely added something and really helped us. We can wait for the same again on Wednesday.”
“We wanted the three points against India so there was a bit of disappointment. The second half though was really good and we were unfortunate not to put an extra goal away.”
England last played the USA at the World League Finals back in November where a double from Sophie Bray guided England to a 2-1 win. Martin says the squad are excited about the challenge ahead.
She added: “They are a very fit team and quick with good ball carriers and skills. We can identify where to take advantage and are looking forward to the challenge and can’t wait to get back out there.