Star Bronze helps England to international win

Lucy Bronze in action for England in the recent World Cup qualifier against Belarus. Picture by Steve Bardens - The FA.
Lucy Bronze in action for England in the recent World Cup qualifier against Belarus. Picture by Steve Bardens - The FA.

Lucy Bronze helped England maintain their perfect start in their World Cup qualifying campaign, playing the full 90 minutes in the 2-0 victory over Wales on Saturday.

It was the defender’s third straight start for the national side and the Liverpool Ladies star admits she is feeling settled in the international set up.

The victory made it three Group 6 wins from three, as the Three Lions stayed top of the table.

They face Turkey today (kick off 3pm GMT) as the race for Canada 2015 hots up.

Bronze, from Alnwick, has made the left-back spot her own since her first full debut in England’s opening World Cup qualifier against Belarus on September 21.

She then wore the number three jersey against Turkey five days later before starting against Wales at the weekend; an early birthday present for the full-back who turned 22 on Monday.

“I do feel settled at this level now,” said Bronze, who received her first senior call-up this year and came on as a substitute against Japan in June.

“It has been quite a quick transition for me personally,” she told FATV before the Wales clash at Millwall’s ground, The Den.

“I was only picked for the senior squad this year, so it has been quick for me compared to what other girls have experienced in the past.”

The former Duchess’s Community High School pupil is in the senior squad with players she knows well from youth level, such as Jordan Nobbs, Gemma Bonner and Toni Duggan.

She admits that this has made her transition easier.

Bronze added: “These are the girls that I have come up through the ranks with for the past five or six years.

“As a group we know how to play together and I have also played with a number of the squad at club level.”

In September, Bronze was part of the Liverpool Ladies squad to win the Women’s Super League for the first time in the club’s history, ending Arsenal’s domestic dominance in the process.