Bronze – Don’t stop me now

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Published: Tuesday 7th July 2015 by The News Editor

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Lucy Bronze touched down in England after playing her part in a memorable World Cup campaign and insisted the whole squad need to return to club football as soon as possible to maintain the surge of momentum for the women’s game.

The Manchester City right-back was nominated for player of the tournament as Mark Sampson’s Lionesses finished third following a 1-0 extra-time play-off victory against Germany on Saturday.

Bronze, who both scored a memorable goal against Norway to ensure England’s progression into the quarter-finals and added the second in the last-eight win over the hosts, returned home with the rest of the squad early yesterday morning.

But, despite starting all but one of England’s seven games at the tournament, the 23-year-old is raring to play for City when they take on Birmingham in the Women’s Super League on Sunday.

“Definitely. I’m not missing out,” she said when asked if she would be available for City’s next game.

“I love playing football and cant wait (to play again). I know we have just landed and what not and we’ll have a few days off but I just can’t wait to get back into training whether that’s for City, the club or by myself. I love it and can’t wait to play again at the weekend.

“I think some of the girls would like a bit of a rest, they have been doing it a long time. For me it is my first tournament so it was disappointing but I know there is more to come and I can’t wait to get better for the next one.

“Some of the other girls are probably exhausted because it is such a relief to finally come away having done something at a tournament. They might be overblown with emotion whereas as I’m raring to go – it has just spurred me on for the next one.”

The Football Association was criticised on the Lionesses’ return after its official England Twitter account referred to the players coming home to “go back to being mothers, partners and daughters”.

The tweet was swiftly deleted after critical responses branded it patronising to the professional players.

The post on the @england Twitter account said: “Our #Lionesses go back to being mothers, partners and daughters today, but they have taken on another title – heroes.”

FA insiders said immediate action was taken to change the tweet which was “unfortunately phrased” and was aimed at flagging up the fact the players were returning to their families in Britain after more than a month away.

Published: Tuesday 7th July 2015 by The News Editor

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