sport news Lucy Bronze admits she nearly chose to play for Portugal instead of England

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'It took a long, long time': Lucy Bronze admits she nearly chose to play for Portugal instead of England as she prepares to face them with Lionesses Lucy Bronze is the daughter of a Portuguese father and an English mother Bronze was frustrated by the lack of opportunity to break into the senior ranks The Lyon defender admits she was tempted by Portugal's advances at aged 16

By Claire Bloomfield For Mailonline

Published: 22:20 BST, 7 October 2019 | Updated: 22:20 BST, 7 October 2019

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Lioness Lucy Bronze has revealed she was just four months away from cashing in on dual nationality status to play for Portugal. On Tuesday night the 27-year-old right-back will play against them for the first time in her England career.

The daughter of a Portuguese father and an English mother, Bronze was frustrated by the lack of opportunity to break into the senior ranks under then England manager Hope Powell - now in charge of FA Women's Super League outfit Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Lyon defender admits she was tempted by Portugal's advances when their head coach Monica Jorge first came calling via Facebook at the age of 16, but insists there was no pressure from either side of

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