Bronze plays in front of record crowd in England defeat

Lucy Bronze signs for Manchester City Women.
Lucy Bronze signs for Manchester City Women.

Alnwick’s Lucy Bronze played in front of a crowd of around 45,000 at Wembley this afternoon as England lost to Germany 3-0.

The 23-year-old, who moved to Manchester City Women from FA Women’s Super League champions Liverpool Ladies earlier this week, played 90 minutes at centre-back, before being subbed in the first minute of added time.

The end-of-season international clash was the first time that the women’s national side has played at the new Wembley and it was a brilliant occasion against the European champions.

However, the record crowd was silenced early on as the visitors stunned the Three Lions by going two up inside 12 minutes via an Alex Scott own-goal from a corner and a Celia Sasic strike after a driving run. Sasic made it three just before the interval with a headed finish.

Going into the game, England hadn’t won in 19 attempts against the side ranked second in the world, which won the 2003 and 2007 World Cups and each of the last six European Championships.

At the end of last month, Bronze, a former Duchess’s Community High School pupil, was named in a 26-player squad for a 10-day training camp as one of eight defenders in the group, which started preparations for next summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

England thrashed Montenegro in September to end their World Cup qualifying campaign unbeaten, with a goal aggregate of 52-1 in 10 group matches.