Belgium's Tine De Caigny and England's Lucy Bronze fight for the ball during the friendly match between Belgium's national women's soccer team the Red Flames and the English Women's national soccer team Lionesses, in Wolverhampton, UK, Thursday 16 June 2022. BELGA PHOTO DAVID CATRY (Photo by DAVID CATRY / BELGA MAG / Belga via AFP) (Photo by DAVID CATRY/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images) NOTE: FAWSL Full-Time uses images provided by the following image agencies via OneFootball: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/)

Full-back Bronze hails England’s attacking talent after victory over Belgium

Full-back Lucy Bronze hailed the attacking talent in the England team after the Lionesses defeated Belgium 3-0 in Wolverhampton last night.

Bronze played behind both Beth Mead and Lauren Hemp in the first half at Molineux before returning forward Chloe Kelly slotted in ahead of her in the second period.

When speaking to FAWSL Full-Time in a post-match media huddle, Bronze hailed England’s attacking talent whilst adding that head coach Sarina Wiegman has some nice headaches when it comes to squad selection.

“I’m the one who has to go up against them in training,” Bronze chuckled. “It is brilliant to play with them but difficult to play against them.

“There are so many attacking talents in this team and they all have a lot of flair and a lot of pace, they all bring something different and my game changes depending on who I am playing with. It is good for me to play with any of them. I thought that Beth (Mead) tactically did really well in the first half but she didn’t finish it off with goals.

“There’s great competition between them and it gives Sarina another tough job when picking the team. Ultimately, for us going into a major tournament, to be able to rotate them constantly…I wouldn’t like to be an opponent going up against them.”

Bronze’s Manchester City teammate Kelly got her name on the scoresheet, although her strike was later credited as a Belgian own goal. The full-back was pleased to see Kelly make a successful return to action with England, 14 months after her last cap.

She said “I think that I’ve spent the most time with Chloe on that journey, we spent a lot of time injured together. I’ve seen her in her darkest days but to celebrate moments like today and even yesterday when the squad was announced…I had a feeling that she was going to get picked, she was the first person that I wanted to see and congratulate.

“I’m just really proud of her and really happy for her, we all are as a team. It’s deserved, she’s put the work in and she played really well.”

England are back in action again next Friday when they face The Netherlands at Elland Road in Leeds.

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