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England star Lucy Staniforth playing at World Cup to represent memory and ambitions of her late brother who died aged 20 while in Sheffield Wednesday's first-team Lucy Staniforth has had to overcome a great deal personally and professionally  England midfielder's brother Thomas died from cerebral oedema on night out He was a 20-year-old defender in Sheffield Wednesday's first-team squad Staniforth previously suffered two ligament injuries but has fought back 

By Adam Crafton for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:30 BST, 4 June 2019 | Updated: 22:41 BST, 4 June 2019

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For Lucy Staniforth and her family, this summer's World Cup has huge significance.

Midfielder Staniforth, 26, is not only representing her country but also the memory of her late brother. Thomas Staniforth was a 20-year-old defender in Sheffield Wednesday's first team in 2001 when he collapsed and died in York on a night out.

A postmortem found traces of ecstasy in his bloodstream and the coroner said this triggered the cerebral edema that was the main cause of death.

Few have overcome more on a personal and professional level than Lucy Staniforth

Few have overcome more on a personal and professional level than Lucy Staniforth

His father Gordon, who played for

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