Lianne Sanderson is determined to seize her opportunity to play at this summer’s Women’s World Cup.
The England forward featured at the 2007 tournament in China but missed out four years later and subsequently withdrew from international selection.
However, Sanderson was reinstated in the England team when Mark Sampson took over as manager in December 2013, and the 27-year-old cannot wait to justify her call-up in Canada.
"When I join up with the squad I pinch myself. Scoring a goal for England, singing the national anthem, and having my family and friends there means the world to me"
“Sometimes you take the opportunity to play for your country for granted and I do think this opportunity that I’ve been given by Mark is something that I can’t believe,” Sanderson said.
“Football is in my blood and I’ve been going to games since I was a baby. From the age of five I knew nothing was going to stop me from accomplishing my dreams, and that was to become a footballer.
“Playing for my country is the biggest honour,” added Sanderson. “When I join up with the squad I pinch myself. Scoring a goal for England, singing the national anthem, and having my family and friends there means the world to me.
“This is what we play for. I play to play in the big games and I love playing against the top teams in the world. To play the World Cup in Canada would be a dream come true.”
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