‘I was in a dark place’: Bardsley aims to grab England spot after injury hell

Goalkeeper says move on loan to OL Reign in the US has reignited a fire in her and she wants a second taste of the Olympics

The first time Karen Bardsley met Hege Riise she blanked England’s interim manager. “We have to wear masks so I pretty much walked straight past her on day one,” says the recalled goalkeeper, smiling.

Bardsley has flown in from Seattle, where a 36-year-old still registered with Manchester City is on loan at OL Reign, rediscovering the form that earned 81 caps before serious injury threatened to end her career.

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