A North East Lioness hero looks set to receive a major honour from Northumberland County Council after England’s Women’s European Championship win over Germany.

Berwick-born Lucy Bronze played a major role as her side ran out 2-1 winners at Wembley to claim their first ever Euros title and the first major trophy for an England football side since 1966.

The Northumbrian right-back had a role in England’s winning goal, winning the ball from a corner to create the chance for scorer Chlöe Kelly.

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Sunderland star Bronze cut her teeth in the game at Alnwick Town A.F.C and was educated at Belford Middle School and Duchess High School in Alnwick, where she was a classmate of Guy Renner-Thompson – now a county councillor representing the Bamburgh ward and the council’s cabinet member for children’s services.

Coun Renner-Thompson is now leading calls for Bronze to receive the Freedom of Northumberland. He said: “Lucy was in my year at school at Belford Middle and the Duchess High so it’s a privilege to be putting her forward for this honour.

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“Everyone knew Lucy was special even back then when she was off playing for Sunderland. Lucy’s sheer hard work and determination is an inspiration for all young women and girls in Northumberland.”

Council leader Glen Sanderson also pledged to honour Bronze and spoke of the council’s pride in her and the team as a whole.

In a video posted on social media, Coun Sanderson said: “What a brilliant game of football, what a fantastic game – and what an honour for Northumberland with Lucy Bronze playing another stormer again.

“We’re very proud of her, very proud of the team and very proud of everything they’ve done for sport. We will be looking to honour Lucy in the coming months as a county council, and to be able to say to her personally what a star she is – and all her teammates.

“We’re so proud of that team. Well done and thank you.”

Bronze has made 95 appearances for England since breaking into the national side back in 2013, scoring 11 goals. She has also played 294 club games for Sunderland, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City and Lyon, scoring 30 goals.

After the exparation of her contract with Manchester City at the end of last season, the star agreed to join Barcelona for the coming season.

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