‘A different challenge’: Stanway ready to fill Walsh-shaped hole for England

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With the Lionesses’ first-choice defensive midfielder sidelined, her best friend has been tasked with stepping into her shoes

One year ago today, England became European champions and Georgia Stanway was an integral part. In the run-up to the tournament, though, she did not believe she would play. With Leah Williamson deployed in midfield alongside Keira Walsh, Stanway, who was playing a number of positions for Manchester City, struggled to nail down a place in Sarina Wiegman’s XI.

Stanway earned her place for the opening game and has not looked back. Now, she is not just a stalwart of the midfield and impressing at Bayern Munich, but critical to England’s World Cup chances with Walsh, the first-choice defensive midfielder, out with a knee injury.

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Written by Suzanne Wrack in Adelaide
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2023/jul/31/england-china-georgia-stanway-keira-walsh under the title “‘A different challenge’: Stanway ready to fill Walsh-shaped hole for England”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.