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England call for Issy Bryant creates history for Cambridge City

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Cambridge City under-16 striker Issy Bryant. Picture: Chris Mosley (6835823)
Cambridge City under-16 striker Issy Bryant. Picture: Chris Mosley (6835823)

Issy Bryant will create history for Cambridge City Ladies & Girls FC after earning a call-up to the England under-15 squad.

The Lilywhites’ striker has been selected for the national squad for the forthcoming away match against Switzerland.

Bryant is in her second season at City, having joined from Bar Hill, and while previous players have gone on to gain national caps at other clubs, it will be the first time that a current player has represented their country.

She will join up with her team-mates on February 11 in readiness for the game later in the week.

Bryant plays up a year with the under-16s at City and her manager Gemma Clare said: “Issy fully deserves this opportunity.

“She is extremely focused on her football and is a great girl to coach. She has the ability to just glide past players with ease and her finishing is second to none.

“I am confident that she will do extremely well on the international stage.”

Bryant was back with her actual age group at the weekend, helping the under-15s to a 3-2 win over ICA Sports in the S-Tech Girls’ League.

City had the greater percentage of possession but failed to make it count, and were hit on the counter as ICA got the opening goal.

It remained 1-0 at half time, but City were back on level terms when Bella Ely found the bottom corner of the net in the 55th minute.

As City pinned ICA back, their second goal arrived as Aime Fullwood weaved past a couple of defenders to score.

ICA made it 2-2 though, but with five minutes remaining, Sasha Tristram stabbed home from close range to earn City the victory.

In the Under-14s League Cup, City A made it through to the semi-finals with an 8-0 win over March Town Athletic.

Jada Flatts hit a hat-trick, Ruby Austin bagged a brace and Ella McDonald-Marks, Hannah Simpson and Ruby Want got one apiece.

There was a surprise 1-0 defeat for City in the Under-13s League Cup, as they were beaten 1-0 by Pinchbeck United. City under-12s earned a 14-0 win over Swavesey Spartans.

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