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Lucia Roberta "Lucy" Tough Bronze (born 28 October 1991) is an English female footballer who plays for Liverpool Ladies in the FA WSL. Previously Bronze played forSunderland Women and Everton Ladies as well as North Carolina Tar Heels at college level in the United States.[1] She has also represented England at youth level. Bronze plays primarily as a right back, however can play anywhere in the defence or midfield.

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Club career[edit]Edit

Bronze began playing for Sunderland A.F.C. Women at under-12 academy level and joined the senior team when she turned 16 in 2007.[2] She had previously captained the under-16 team.[2] In 2007–08 Bronze was named Manager's Player of the Year as Sunderland finished third in the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division.[1] The next season she helped them win the Northern Division and gain promotion to the National Division.[3] Bronze also appeared in the 2009 FA Women's Cup final,[4] claiming the Player of the Match award in Sunderland's 2–1 defeat to Arsenal.[2]

That summer Bronze moved to North Carolina to study at UNC. She won a scholarship from coach Anson Dorrance after impressing him during several soccer camps.[1] She went on to feature prominently in midfield for the Tar Heels varsity team,[5] eventually becoming the first British player to win an NCAA Cup in December 2009.[6][7] All-American honours followed for Bronze, who scored three goals in 24 games.[8]

She then returned to Sunderland A.F.C. Women in the Premier League National Division.[9] In September 2010 it was revealed that Bronze had signed for Everton, when she was named in their UEFA Women's Champions League squad.[10] She debuted for Everton against MTK in Hungary, but continued to play for Sunderland while her new club awaited the2011 FA WSL.

In November 2012, Bronze left Everton to sign for local rivals Liverpool, following Natasha Dowie and Fara Williams who had made the same move days earlier.[11]

International career[edit]Edit

Bronze was called into the England under-17 squad in March 2007, while she was playing for Blyth Town WFC in the Northern Girls Tyne Tees League.[12] She went on to participate in the England under-17 squad that came fourth in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in New Zealand. Lucy was also part of the England under-19 squad that won theUEFA Women's Under-19 Championship in Belarus during July 2009 and part of the squad the following year that finished runners up to France in the finals held in June 2010 inMacedonia.[7]

She was called into an England under-20 training camp in January 2010.[9] After featuring in all three games during the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, Bronze made her debut for the England under-23 team in a 2–1 win overGermany in September 2010.

Lucy made her debut for the England senior team on 26 June 2013 coming on as a substitute in the 67th minute for Dunia Susi. She had a goal disallowed in the 89th minute.[13]

Personal life[edit]Edit

Bronze is of half Portuguese and half English descent and was born in Berwick-upon-Tweed. She has since lived on Lindisfarne, in Belford, Northumberland and Alnwick. Having studied at The Duchess's High School, she moved to North Carolina to study at UNC. Bronze subsequently moved to Leeds Metropolitan University. Lucy has two siblings, an elder brother Jorge and younger sister Sophie.

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