Fran Kirby bursts into tears and is comforted by English manager Phil Neville and his teammates on the eleventh anniversary of the death of mother – after the victory over the books of the Lions in Argentina in the last 16 of the Women's World Cup
- Fran Kirby played a leading role when England qualified for the final 16 leg
- The Lionesses beat Argentina 1-0 and threw it to the top of Group D with one game left
- Kirby was overwhelmed by emotion when the team gathered full-time in a circle
- The fixture coincided with the eleventh anniversary of her mother's death
Fran Kirby was left in tears and overwhelmed with emotion at the end of England & # 39; s victory over Argentina, which coincided with the eleventh anniversary of her mother's death.
The attacker played a leading role in the game, as England triumphed 1-0 and booked their places in the knockout phase of the World Cup.
At the final whistle, the Lionesses gathered in a circle, in which manager Phil Neville paid tribute to Kirby and then comforted her as she began to succumb to emotion and burst into tears.
Fran Kirby burst into tears when the emotion prevailed after the victory of England
Kirby was only 17 when her mother Denise died of a sudden brain haemorrhage, and has previously revealed that it takes her toll on her football career.
Speaking for the last World Cup in 2015, Kirby paid tribute to her late mother.
& # 39; My mother was hugely important to everything I did and now her memory is a motivational tool for me & she said.
& # 39; I want to make my family proud, as much as possible.
& # 39; It is clear that what happened has brought our family closer together. I have become a lot closer to my father. He comes out and watches games. He has taken on both roles, from a mother and a father. & # 39;
Kirby was in the middle of the action in Stade Oceane, while England forced himself.
An early missed Nikita Parris penalty was only to light Neville & # 39; s side, which was a waste of their many chances.
The deadlock was broken in the second half, when Alex Greenwood picked Jodie Taylor with a pinpoint that went over goalmouth, so her teammate tapped home effortlessly.
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