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‘I’ve had to be patient’: Staniforth’s tough road to Women’s World Cup

Birmingham midfielder has had to deal with two cruciate injuries, a tumultuous club career and the tragic early death of her brother while at Sheffield Wednesday

Picking up the ball from Jodie Taylor, Lucy Staniforth skipped to the edge of the D, looked up and powered a low shot past Erina Yamane. She looked shocked. Wheeling away with one arm raised aloft in tribute to her hero Alan Shearer she couldn’t hold the pose. The other arm shot up too and she wiggled in delight.

If scoring the opener against Japan at the SheBelieves Cup elicits such emotion, making a World Cup took it to another level, and Shearer announcing her selection only added to it. But it has been a tough journey.

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