LIONESS Lucy Bronze could be awarded the Freedom of Northumberland.

It comes after England defeated Germany 2-1 in the Euros at Wembley.

Chloe Kelly's extra-time finish saw the Lionesses take home their first major trophy for an England football side since 1966 in front of a record-breaking crowd. Berwick-born Bronze won the ball from a corner, setting Kelly up to score.

Ella Toone also netted a goal against eight-time champions Germany.


Former Duchess High School pupil Bronze turned out for Alnwick Town A.F.C and Blyth Town WFC in her youth before representing Sunderland, Everton, Liverpool, Lyon and Manchester City. She has just signed for Barcelona.

Former classmate Guy Renner-Thompson, county councillor for Bamburgh and Northumberland County Council's cabinet member for children's services, 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.

“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.

"This motion will be voted on at the September meeting of all councillors in the county."

Northumberland County Council leader Glen Sanderson confirmed the authority was looking to honour Bronze's achievements in the "coming months."

He added: "What a brilliant game of football and what an honour for Northumberland with Lucy Bronze playing another stormer of a game, again.

"We are very proud of her, the team, everything they've done for sport today."

Beth Mead, of Whitby, and Sunderland's Jill Scott are also on the England team.

Prudhoe Youth Club chairman and secretary Duncan Graham described the Lionesses' victory as a win for football.

He added: "It's a game changer. It's fantastic to see the success of the ladies football and hopefully, it'll encourage a lot more girls to play - both at schools and at clubs."

Prudhoe YC has an Under 10s and Under 13s girls team. It also runs weekly wildcat sessions for girls between 6-12 who'd like to train for fun.

"Hopefully, it'll inspire lots of girls to take up football when they perhaps hadn't thought of it before", said Duncan. "It was the largest crowd for any European cup final - men's or women's. That shows the impact the women's team have had.

"It's great that people like Lucy have come from Northumberland and they're setting a shining example to girls everywhere."

Prudhoe Town ladies senior team is looking for more players over 16-years-old.

Hexham Town Council was flying the flag of St George to celebrate the win.

“Congratulations to the England women for an excellent tournament and beating a strong German team", said Hexham mayor Derek Kennedy. 

"Northumberland’s Lucy Bronze has been a long-time key player for England and deserves to be recognised by the county - not only for this win but her as a role model over a number of years.

"Women's football has matured in recent years with great athletes such as Lucy Bronze leading the way.” 

Bronze has made 95 appearances for England since breaking into the national side back in 2013, scoring 11 goals.