England call up for Staniforth
Sunderland captain heading to Moscow
Lucy Staniforth has been called up by England Lionesses for their FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier against Russia.
Initially on the standby list, Staniforth has been called into Philip Neville’s squad alongside Lauren Bruton (Reading) following the withdrawal of Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal) and Izzy Christiansen (Manchester City) with minor foot and thigh injuries respectively. Staniforth will represent the senior side for the first time.
The SAFC Ladies forward led the way for the Lasses last season, captaining them to seventh place in the FAWSL 1.
2017-18 Supporters’ Player of the Year, Staniforth was also nominated for the FASWL 1 Goal of the Season award and has previously represented England at under-17, 19, 20 and 23 level.
Following her call up Staniforth said "it's an honour to get my first senior international call up. I was delighted to have been on standby but to get the call that I'm in the squad is beyond amazing. This is what I have been working hard at Sunderland for all season".
Head Coach Melanie Copeland said “it is a proud moment for Lucy and her family and also for the Club. Based on her club performances she is worthy of an international call up.” Everyone at SAFC Ladies and Sunderland AFC would like to wish Lucy the best of luck during her time with the Lionesses.
Philip Neville's side will face Russia in the FIFA Women's World Cup UEFA Qualifiers at 5pm on Friday 8th June.