Women’s world cups are about to get their biggest stars to share their greatest memories and highlight the best of their careers.
The FIFA Women’s World Cups are being held in Brazil from June 3 to July 10 and are expected to attract some of the world’s biggest names in sports.
The World Cup will feature more than 500 men’s and women’s teams from around the world and the sport’s governing body FIFA said it was expecting around 100,000 spectators to take part.
The men’s teams have taken to Twitter to share the greatest moments of their career and to offer their personal insight into their lives.
Among the most iconic moments were the men’s victory over England in the World Cup final in 1978 and their final in South Africa in 1999, with the men winning the World Championships.
Former England goalkeeper Andy Woodward, now a pundit on Sky Sports, said he felt proud to be part of the squad that went to Brazil.
“I was very proud to have been part of that World Cup team and that’s where I was at the end of my career and the moment I came off the bench to score the winner was one of the most memorable moments of my life,” he said.
“It was a special moment, to be honest, to feel the pressure of playing in front of so many people.”
Woodward said the memories of the tournament are special, but the biggest memories of his playing career were of the players on the field.
“When you play in front a crowd of over 100,0000 people you don’t want to get too emotional, but you can’t forget that,” he added.
“For me, I would say the best memories of my playing career would be the players that I played alongside, the way I performed and the way the players worked together to get the result.”
That’s what makes a good player.
“Woodwards and a group of players from England’s FA Cup winning side were part of a group who were in Brazil to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory over Argentina in the final of the 1958 World Cup.”
The moment I left the field I was just so emotional and I could feel the crowd going nuts and we were just absolutely gutted,” he told BBC Sport.”
But I thought the players were really emotional and they were having a good time.
“Former England captain Michael Owen, who played for the England national team, said it had been a great experience.”
We’re looking forward to the game in Brazil,” he tweeted.”
And it will be great to see the likes of Andy Woodward and Wayne Rooney as we face off against the world champions.
“Former Liverpool goalkeeper Michael Owen said he was delighted to have played for England.”
A great day for all the English football fans to have the World Cups come to the country of their birth and that they can get to experience a World Cup finals for the first time,” he wrote.”
They’ve played a lot of games against the Germans and France in recent years and it was great to be able to experience them as we prepare for Brazil.
“Former Manchester United midfielder Patrice Evra also said the World Series was special.”
To play in the first World Series since 1966 when it was won by Germany, is the highlight of my football career,” he Tweeted.”
Not only did I get to represent my country, but it was also great to play against the greats.
It was a great day to be representing my country,” he replied.””
Great to have made it to the World’s biggest stage.
It was a great day to be representing my country,” he replied.”
Congratulations to England, and to all of our players.”
Former Newcastle United and Arsenal striker Alan Shearer tweeted: “Happy to be back in the England team to play in this World Cup and be a part of history.”
“Playing in the semi-finals against France, Argentina, Germany and the World champions in this year’s World Series will have to be my greatest ever memories.”
Thanks for all your support.
And to my teammates.
“Former United defender Darren Bent tweeted: ‘A truly special moment.
Great to have a chance to play alongside my great mates.””
Thank you all for the support.”
The women’s squad will also feature some of England’s greatest talents, including Abby Wambach, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Lianne Sanderson and Laura Bassett.