LIVERPOOL, England — Eboni Usoro-Brown’s 100th England cap was made even more special by the quality of performance the Roses put in to defeat Jamaica today, she says.
England Hand Jamaica Another Setback
Usoro-Brown reached her century of international appearances as the hosts beat Jamaica 56-48 to edge closer to a Vitality Netball World Cup semi-final spot.
While the milestone was ‘overwhelming’, the 31-year-old says that the performance that she and the Roses produced in front of a packed M&S Bank Arena ensured a truly memorable occasion.
She said: “It was incredibly special out there today. It’s a bit overwhelming to get to 100 caps, but it was just as special as my first, and what a team performance out there tonight.
“We built across each of the four quarters and I’m so happy we came away with the result today.
“In Jade Clarke’s 150th game she won the Commonwealth Games gold medal, so we have a thing in the England team for having big matches on our milestone caps! I think today – never mind it being my 100th – we wanted to come out and play well.
“We saw Jamaica play against South Africa last night and we knew they were going to come for us, so it’s really pleasing to build confidence, belief and the consistency.”
Good Crowd Support
England were again roared on by a capacity crowd, and Usoro-Brown says that the support for the Roses is driving Tracey Neville’s team on.
She added: “I’m absolutely loving it. We were in the fan park yesterday signing autographs and everyone is behind us. We’re so humbled by it.
“Everyone in the crowd today was roaring and cheering, and my social media has been off the chain, so thank you so much to the fans. They’re definitely our 13th player, and hopefully that continues.”