The British footballers want to make sure everyone knows their name by the time they leave Japan.
Team GB will face Australia in the quarter-finals on Friday, but stars Rachel Daly and Kim Little were out before the match after the Olympic Broadcasting Services, which provided the feed for Eurosport, made a number of errors in commenting on their matches.
Ellen White, who scored three goals, became ‘Ellie’, while Caroline Weir was called ‘Catherine’.
“I think there’s a Linda (Lucy) Bronze in there too,” Daly explained, just before confronting the Matildas. “It’s frustrating and disappointing. It’s not hard to get players’ names right. It’s just another little fuel to stoke the fire and we focus on ourselves and stay grounded.’
Kim Little taunted OBS after it said the Scottish midfielder had won 140 caps for England
OBS got the names of Team GB and the players of other teams wrong, leading to criticism from the players
Scottish midfielder Kim Little, who has been described as having ‘140 caps for England’, took a similar note.
“I think it’s disappointing,” she said. ‘And I think that’s a common theme in the women’s game.
“Because it’s professionalized and the games become a professional sport, things around it have to keep improving as well – as well as broadcasting and the media, the kind of expertise in commenting on games.”
‘Because the women’s game is not yet viewed as much as the men’s game, there are not as many commentators who also know the game and are employed for it.
Eurosport commentary provided by Olympic Broadcasting Services in Tokyo 2020
“So yes, it’s disappointing, but hopefully the people who make the mistakes will be made aware by voicing it so that side of the game can continue to improve.”
Little, 31, believes head coach Hege Riise’s changes can ensure that no one is confused by continuing their impressive tournament. They topped their group and have conceded only one goal so far.
“We’re very happy with how things have gone so far,” Little said. “I think we know there’s so much more to come from us. We still have a lot in the tank, and I think it’s a good position to be in. We all feel good and confident. I’m in a good place to go into a quarter-final.”
Eurosport said they will have their own commentary team for the clash against the Australians, which Riise believes will be a big test.
The Norwegian also admitted not being aware of the long sporting rivalry between the two countries, but added that she was confident her players could handle the pressure.
“I see that intensity and passion of two great nations to want to win that battle,” she said. “I feel like we can handle that.
Team GB’s last group match was against Canada, which ended in a 1-1 draw
Australia’s last game also ended in a goalless draw against the US, who are the current world champions
“We’re in a good place now, the players feel comfortable, they think we’re doing the right thing, so I’m excited for the game. I think we will prove that we are enjoying this tournament at the moment.’
Riise, who was appointed to lead England in January and GB in March following Phil Neville’s departure to Inter Miami, is enjoying her time in charge.
“It’s been a privilege, I’d say.[Ever since] I got this role, working with the staff around me to get the most out of the girls, we worked on the culture, “who are we?, how do we want to be seen, how do we want to perform?”
“I think all the players, the 22 strong players, believe in that. They know what it takes to go the extra mile, so they’ve accepted all of that and I feel like we’ve done a great job.
“Now it’s that knockout phase, [it’s about] how brave we are going in that, and I think we are also brave enough to continue.’