Super Falcons defender Ashleigh Plumptre says playing against England, the country of her birth, was a “special moment” for her despite the Falcons’ heart-wrenching defeat to England in the round of 16 on Monday.
Nigeria, ranked 40 by FIFA, exhibited their prowess in the group stage, securing a triumphant victory against co-hosts Australia and valiantly holding Olympic champions Canada and 22nd-ranked Ireland to draws, and ultimately securing a well-deserved second-place finish in Group B.
However, their remarkable journey hit a roadblock on Monday as they faced England in a gripping last-16 encounter, culminating in a 4-2 defeat on penalties.
Speaking after the match, Plumptre, who delivered an outstanding performance throughout the tournament, expressed her satisfaction with the Falcons’ display at the Mundial.
Plumptre, who represented England at youth level, expressed appreciation for the experiences she had while growing up in the UK and stated firmly that she is now precisely where she is meant to be.