Lucy Bronze has arguably been England’s most important fullback over recent years, and even more so, their most versatile fullback tactically. An inverted right-back, she is one of England’s primary sources of build-up. Bronze habitually interchanges in position with the right-winger, but also has the sense to keep her width to stretch play in the right moments. Bronze’s crossing skills and spatial awareness are difference makers and give England a spirited drive along the right touchline.
Bronze is also known for her tendency to drift into the midfield to create overloads in the middle. As a progressive fullback, Bronze likes to carry the ball high up the pitch, she has a habit of cutting in centrally and decoying opponents when the space is afforded. Bronze’s role in both defence and in attack cannot be understated.
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