Lianne Sanderson named to England squad

(Dec. 19, 2013) - Boston Breakers midfielder/forward Lianne Sanderson was called into the England National Team’s upcoming training camp in La Manga, Spain. England, under new head coach Mark Sampson, will train in early January before playing Norway Jan. 17 in La Manga.

(Dec. 19, 2013) - Boston Breakers midfielder/forward Lianne Sanderson was called into the England National Team’s upcoming training camp in La Manga, Spain. England, under new head coach Mark Sampson, will train in early January before playing Norway Jan. 17 in La Manga.
 
This is Sanderson’s first time back with the Lionesses since 2010. The 25-year-old has 29 caps for England and has scored eight goals for her country in international competitions. Most notably, Sanderson and the Lionesses advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China.
 
"I am so excited to head into camp in January and to meet up with the girls again,” Sanderson said. “I just wanted to thank my family, friends, and fans for all their support. I am excited for the future, and I wanted to thank the coach, Mark Sampson, for giving me this opportunity and giving me back my dream."

Lianne Sanderson celebrates one of her five goals on the season (Photo by Mike Gridley)
 
Sanderson debuted for England in May 2006 and scored her first international goal May 13, 2007, a 4-0 win over Northern Ireland in a Euro qualifying match. Her eight goals for England have come against eight different opponents: Northern Ireland, Belarus, Finland, South Africa, Canada, Turkey, Switzerland, and Austria. Three of her goals came in Cyprus Cup tournaments (two in 2009 and one in 2010).
 
Sanderson had one of her best seasons in the U.S. this past year with the Breakers, earning team MVP honors. She led the Breakers and ranked third in the NWSL with seven assists. She also scored five goals, which tied for second on the team with Heather O’Reilly. Sanderson played in all 22 games (21 starts), logging 1,913 minutes, second only to Cat Whitehill. She was named NWSL Player of the Week in Week 7 after assisting on all three goals in a 3-0 win over the Washington Spirit.

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