England international Lucy Bronze has withdrawn from the Lioness squad following an injury to her calf.
The Lyon right-back has been capped 81 times for England and will remain in France whilst receiving treatment. Bronze will miss her first England game in more than five years. The star took to Twitter to express her emotions:
“Haven’t missed a single camp and been present at every single game for the past 5 years. Gonna have massive FOMO next week”.
Often quoted to be the “best right-back in the world” by manager Phil Neville, the Lionesses will miss the quality of the 28-year-old. However, the departure has caused uncapped Alessia Russo to be promoted into the squad. The former Brighton player was already in camp for Phil Neville’s side as a training player.
The 21-year-old plays for the American University, South Carolina. In 2017, Patten was apart of the U20 Lioness squad who were crowned Nike International Champions alongside Fisk, Roebuck, and MacIver who are also in the Lioness SheBelieves Squad.
The young star was named MVP (Most Valuable Player) of the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) and has a total of 28 goals and nine assists in 57 matches at the University of North Carolina (UNC).
Coach Dorrance at UNC envisioned that Russo would be able to contribute to the Lionesses in 2020.
“With Alessia, I promised Phil Neville that we would have her ready by the last week in February. That’s the SheBelieves Cup,” Dorrance said in November.
“At the rate she’s going, she is going to be ready, and Phil will be very excited about all of the pieces Alessia is adding to her game”.
Phil Neville’s side flew out to America yesterday as they hope to defend their SheBelieves title against the hosts and World Cup winners on Thursday, 5 March.
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