Bronze heads to the senior Euros

Lucy Bronze.
Lucy Bronze.

Talented footballer Lucy Bronze has spoken of her excitement after being selected for England women’s squad for next month’s UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 Finals in Sweden.

It is the former Duchess’s Community High School pupil’s first senior call-up and the 21-year-old expressed her joy on Facebook after Monday’s announcement.

The Liverpool Ladies defender wrote: “Really happy to be selected for the seniors euros. #ExcitingStuff.”

Bronze is no stranger to wearing the England shirt, having played more than 30 games at international (youth) level.

She was a member of the national squad that won the UEFA European Women’s U19 Championship in Belarus in 2009 and also featured in the U17 World Cup, in 2008, and the U20 World Cup, in 2010.

National coach Hope Powell has selected an experienced group of 23 for the Euros, with only two uncapped players – Bronze and her club colleague Gemma Bonner.

Powell said: “It is well documented that we have an issue with injured defenders, so Gemma and Lucy give us extra cover. They have done really well for Liverpool this season.

“More importantly they will get the experience of being in a senior tournament.

“They may be required to play, but if not they’ll have that experience for the future.”

England qualified unbeaten for Euro 2013 and The Three Lions have been placed in Group C alongside Spain, who they will face on July 12, Russia (July 15) and France (July 18).

England, who lost to Germany at the 2009 European finals, will play two friendly matches before the Championship, taking on world champions Japan at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium on June 26 and then hosts Sweden on July 4 in Uddevalla.

Full England squad for UEFA Women’s Euro 2013: Karen Bardsley (Lincoln Ladies), Rachel Brown-Finnis (Everton), Siobhan Chamberlain (Bristol Academy), Laura Bassett (Birmingham City), Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Sophie Bradley (Lincoln Ladies), Lucy Bronze (Liverpool), Steph Houghton (Arsenal), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Casey Stoney (Lincoln Ladies), Dunia Susi (Chelsea), Anita Asante (Gothenburg), Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Jess Clarke (Lincoln Ladies), Jade Moore (Birmingham City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Everton), Fara Williams (Liverpool), Rachel Yankey (Arsenal), Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Toni Duggan (Everton), Kelly Smith (Arsenal), Ellen White (Arsenal).