‘Dreamer’ Hannah Wilkinson Excited About 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

New Zealand international Hannah Wilkinson, who watched the decision in the early hours of Friday morning with her Football Ferns teammates Erin Nayler and Annalie Longo, couldn’t hide her delight.

“In the little hotel room watching on the laptop, the wait was just excruciating, but when we got the result I was just so, so stoked. We were screaming and poured a glass of champagne at around 4.01am maybe.”

Wilkinson believed 2023 would be a milestone year that could change the sporting landscape in New Zealand.

“I think it will leave an amazing legacy for women’s football, specifically, but also for football in general as well,” she said.

“It will really start promoting our sport in our country and it’s something we have needed for a long, long time so that’s really exciting for us.”

The Ferns striker said playing in a World Cup in packed stadiums on home soil would be a dream come true.

“It’s what you dream about when you are younger, that really is the dream for me in front of my home crowd in my own country in front of my family and friends, all those people who put all the investment in me, that is the real dream.”
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