Lucy Bronze: ‘We’ve come from paying to play – I had to pay for my kit’

The England and Lyon full-back talks about how far women’s football has come before England face Germany at Wembley

Lucy Bronze is ready for a sold-out Wembley. “It just creates an atmosphere,” she says. “That’s why people love football. That’s why they love the Premier League. It’s the buzz around the game. It’s the emotion in each tackle and each header, each goal. You’re not only celebrating that goal for yourself and the team but also celebrating with all these thousands of people around you.”

Germany’s visit to Wembley on Saturday is set to smash England’s record home attendance of 45,619 and possibly break the 2012 Olympic final record for a women’s game in England, set by the 80,203 fans who watched USA beat Japan. The mood is high. Sitting in St George’s Park, Bronze laughs at the memory of her first cap.

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