Sanderson delighted to be back in the squad again

Friday 07 Mar 2014
Lianne Sanderson played the full 90 minutes against Italy

Lianne Sanderson could not hide her delight when asked how it feels to be back in the England Women’s fold.

The Boston Breakers striker has been selected in new Head Coach Mark Sampson’s first two squads – for January’s training camp in La Manga and the Cyprus Cup tournament, which the Three Lions opened with a win over Italy on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old had not been involved in the England set-up since 2010 and Sanderson said she is thrilled to be back.


Finland v England

The Cyprus Cup
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Larnaca, Cyprus



She told FATV: "It’s the best thing ever. I wake up every day and I can’t quite believe I’m here to be honest. It’s been great.

"I’m just happy to be back around the girls and I love being in the team. I think everyone can sense how happy I am to be here."

Sanderson played the full 90 minutes as England deservedly saw off the Italians in their Cyprus Cup Group A opener.

She was a member of former National Coach Hope Powell’s squad that won this competition in 2009 and knows the merits of getting used to tournament football.

Sanderson added: "It’s a tournament which is important and it’s good for us to get used to being in a competition.

"You don’t get many competitions come along, [it is] mostly friendlies every now and again and you can never replicate a tournament situation.

"We want to win it, every one here wants to win and the teams here are really competitive which is really important going forward."

You can watch Sanderson’s full FATV interview at the top of the screen


By Glenn Lavery Cyprus