Another cap for Bronze as England win

Lucy Bronze in action for England against Sweden. Picture by FRANK REID
Lucy Bronze in action for England against Sweden. Picture by FRANK REID

Lucy Bronze played in England’s convincing 4-0 victory against Sweden on Sunday.

The A Women’s International was staged at Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park.

The fixture saw the Liverpool Ladies star, from Alnwick, make a return to her native North East.

The 22-year-old defender is very much an England regular and she played 71 minutes of the game, watched by a crowd of more than 4,500.

Karen Carney scored the first and last goals, while debutante Fran Kirby and Lianne Sanderson were also on target.

It was a big victory for England, coming against a Swedish team ranked fifth in the world, three places above The Three Lions.

It also condemned the Swedes to only their second loss in 15 meetings between the two nations.

On her Facebook page, Bronze, who is the current PFA Women’s Player of the Year, described it as a solid win and thanked everyone who had come out to support the team.

She also hailed Liverpool team-mate Fara Williams who became the most capped England player of all time after picking up a record-breaking 130th cap. Next up for England is a World Cup qualifier against Wales, in Cardiff, on August 21, where a draw will guarantee England’s place at next year’s finals in Canada.

l At the end of last month, fellow Liverpool Ladies player Lucy Staniforth, from Alnwick, visited the Kingsway Leisure Centre in Widnes to show her support for the FA Tesco Skills programme.

Reds star Staniforth, 21, attended the free, girls-only football session to participate in matches alongside the children as well as being quizzed by the youngsters in a question and answer session.

She described the experience as fantastic.