Lucy Bronze has spoken of her delight after scoring her first international goal – and hopes it will be the first of many.
The 22-year-old from Alnwick crashed home an angled drive in second-half injury-time to complete the scoring in England’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Belarus on Saturday.
She has described the feeling of scoring her maiden national team goal as brilliant.
“I’ve been working on my strikes across the goal in training and it just came off,” said Bronze, who was crowned the PFA Women’s Player of the Year in April.
The defender, who has won 12 caps, added: “The floodgates have opened so the goal is the first of many.”
The victory took England a step closer to reaching the 2015 World Cup in Canada.
They top Group 6 by five points, having won all seven of their matches so far, and are yet to concede a goal.
The Three Lions need just four points from their final three qualifiers to secure their World Cup spot.
Reflecting on the 3-0 away win over Belarus, which also saw Eniola Aluko and captain Steph Houghton on the scoresheet, Bronze said: “It was a good result for us.
“Another clean sheet and another few goals – even one from me!”
England face Ukraine away today.
Bronze plays her domestic football for FA Women’s Super League champions Liverpool Ladies.
The Reds are fourth in the table, having played four games, and are two points behind early pace-setters Birmingham City Ladies.