Lucy nets England call-up

Lucy Bronze has spoken of her delight after being called up to England Women’s senior football squad for the first time.

The 21- year-old is one of 23 players selected by coach Hope Powell for a pre-European camp from May 31 to June 2, at St George’s Park.

The senior side is gearing up for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 which kicks off in Sweden on July 10.

Bronze, previously of Alnwick and a former Duchess’s Community High School pupil, is currently playing for Liverpool Ladies in The FA Women’s Super League (FWSL).

She has international experience from U17 to U23 levels.

Meanwhile, Lucy Staniforth, who played with Bronze at Sunderland Women’s FC a few years ago, is looking forward to this weekend’s FA Women’s Cup Final.

The 20-year-old plays for Bristol Academy and the team is going up against Arsenal Ladies in the showpiece match on Sunday, at Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium.

England U23 international Staniforth, also a former Duchess’s High pupil, plays in the FWSL.

She and Bronze featured in the FA Women’s Cup Final for Sunderland in 2009.