Friday, September 29, 2023

Lucy Bronze packed bags in Morrisons and worked in Domino’s but now England hero can complete the set

Fans were stunned to discover Lucy Bronze’s middle name on Wednesday – but it should not come as a surprise.

Bronze is Tough by name, quite literally, and tough by nature.

It’s been hard graft for Bronze to get to where she is and she and her teammates are 90 minutes from World Cup gloryGetty

Bronze, who has played in the 2015 and 2019 World Cup, was leading the celebrations at Euro 2022Getty

The England superstar has been tremendous, as always, for the Lionesses on their journey to the Women’s World Cup final.

Bronze has been one of the best footballers in the world for years and her trophy cabinet proves that.

The 31-year-old has won numerous titles in Spain, France and England, as well as the Champions League four times.

In 2019, she was named the second best player in the Ballon d’Or Feminin to USA icon Megan Rapinoe.

With England, there is just one thing missing.

Bronze was part of the successful European Championship winning side of 2022, while she also boasts winner’s medals in the Women’s Finalissima, SheBelieves Cup and Arnold Clark Cup.

If England beat Spain on Sunday, live on talkSPORT, Bronze will complete domestic and international football.

Not bad for someone who was packing bags in Morrisons and working in Domino’s before her football career took off.

Bronze joined City in 2014 and across two spells won all domestic trophies, adding a league title to her two won at LiverpoolGetty

She has since become one of football’s most decorated players, winning the Champions League four timesGetty

Speaking to The Mirror, Bronze’s brother Jorge said: “We’ve been more nervous than Lucy but we tend to feel the nerves and the occasion more than she does.

“This was never meant to happen – this career, this path. Lucy was bag-packing in Morrisons to raise funds for a bus.

“Then working in Domino’s while studying and thinking, ‘What’s my proper job going to be?’.

“It’s just unreal to think that she has been part of this and now her role is not just to be part of it but driving it forward to make sure there is a massive market for women’s football.”

On the international front, Bronze won Euro 2022, the Finalissima where Brazil were beaten and is now eyeing world gloryGetty

Fans are desperately hoping there will be more scenes like thisGetty

With 111 England caps to her name, Bronze is one of the first names on the teamsheetGetty

While Bronze has lived up to her ‘Tough’ middle name, she was understandably close to tears as England progressed to the Women’s World Cup final on Wednesday.

She was a standout player in the 2019 team who lost to USA.

“This is the one thing I’ve always wanted, to be in the final of a World Cup and after two times of getting such disappointment, I honestly can’t believe it,” Bronze told the BBC.

She added: “We all dreamed of being in the final and all our family and friends booked here to stay until the final because they believed in us. To have everybody here and all that support is unbelievable.

“It’s been amazing to play against Australia, what a fantastic tournament they had, but I’m so happy to get to the final.”

Now we just want to see the ski goggles and bucket hat again and all smiles on Sunday…

Listen to live talkSPORT commentary of the Women’s World Cup final between England and Spain at 11am on Sunday!

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