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Bronze and Parris chemistry too potent for Scotland | Suzanne Wrack

Nikita Parris will join the Ballon d’Or nominee Lucy Bronze at Lyon next season and the England pair showed exactly why they have been signed by Europe’s leading club

There was an all too familiar ruthlessness with which Lucy Bronze and Nikita Parris, who will both be playing for Lyon from next season, attacked the part-time care worker and Scotland left-back Nicola Docherty. That same efficiency was on display at the Parc des Princes on Friday in a France team built around the treble?winning stars of that Lyon side – but it can almost look cruel.

There is only one setting for any player at the six-time European champions, they play turned up all the way to 11 and then some – a testament to the elite professional environment they foster that is unmatched anywhere in the world in the women’s game. Thus it was fitting that the Lyon-bound Parris should be the player linking so resolutely with Bronze – who has been at the French club since 2017 – on England’s right.

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