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Bronze and James: Partnership Development Unveiled

Lucy Bronze shares her partnership development with Chelsea winger Lauren James after their impressive display against Portugal.

In the Lionesses’ final match on home soil before this summer’s Women’s World Cup, James took center stage. She initially played as a right winger in front of Bronze and later shifted to a No. 10 position. Despite England’s inability to score, James created numerous scoring opportunities.

With her impressive performance in the second half on Saturday, James made a strong case for being considered as a No. 10, despite her usual role as a winger. This game served as a reminder that there are several positions in the starting lineup that are highly competitive as the team prepares for the World Cup.

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Bronze told reporters: “Me and LJ have a good relationship on and off the pitch which helps a lot. I know that she’s eager to learn and improve and get better which is so nice, to play with a player that’s so young and talented.

“People forget that: a lot of people from the outside put a lot of expectation as she’s so talented and she is. She still wants to learn, still wants to improve.

“The thing with LJ, I think because I’m the experienced player, she wants to get me in the game. I’m like: ‘No, you’re the winger, you’re the attacker’.

“It’s nice that she wants to try and look for me but I’m trying to make things happen so that if I give her space, she’ll score us a goal. She’s a young player so she’s still learning that role, when to be selfish and when not to be, when to make the right decision, when to go, when to shoot and stuff like that. I’m just there to help her find the way she should play.”

On Wednesday, the Lionesses will embark on their journey to Australia to make final preparations for the upcoming World Cup, set to commence on July 20. Sarina Wiegman’s team has scheduled a behind-closed-doors friendly against Canada on July 14 and will kick off their own tournament on July 22 against Haiti.

Russell Murray
Russell Murray
Russell Murray is a passionate football journalist whose heart beats to the rhythm of the beautiful game. With an insatiable appetite for all things football, Russell is always seeking to capture the essence of the sport. Also, he strongly believes that Guti and Diego Milito never received the recognition they deserved for their contributions to football.
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