Women’s World Cup 2019: England star Frank Kirby claims winning tournament is best way to strengthen claims for equal pay

The Chelsea star believes this summer’s tournament can be the start of more conversations about bridging the gap

Jack Rathborn
Saturday 25 May 2019 09:27
Phil Neville 'absolutely convinced' England will have a good Women's World Cup

Fran Kirby believes winning the World Cup is the best way England Women can build their case for equal pay.

Phil Neville’s side begin their quest in France on June 7 and Chelsea star Kirby has highlighted the importance of success to continue building momentum.

She told several national newspapers: “Ultimately, we need to grow the women’s game. That’s the biggest issue – it always has been. Then you can talk about equal pay and everything else.

“Ultimately we are doing the same job as the men, but I understand that we’re not filling out stadiums. That makes it difficult to have that argument.

“As the women’s game improves and progresses, then they’re the conversations we can start to have.”

Kirby, 25, continued: “The USA are in dispute at the moment but they’re selling out arenas, they’ve won the World Cup and have some of the best players in the world in their team. They’re in a position to do that.

“We need to win the World Cup to have a leg to stand on in those situations. But if we keep selling out stadiums like we are, improving the game on and off the pitch, those arguments can start to creep in.”

Fran Kirby has discussed calls for equal pay

Neville’s team face Denmark in Walsall in their penultimate World Cup warm-up match, before taking on New Zealand in Brighton next Saturday.

PA also contributed to this report

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