Lionesses star gave up football aged 12 over rule about playing against boys

England Women's star Georgia Stanway almost walked away from football as a 12-year-old after she was no longer allowed to play with boys.

Stanway has been central to England reaching the final on Sunday evening after her quarter-final screamer against Spain saw England through to the semi-final. Stanway's ambitious strike broke Spanish hearts, but it might not have happened thanks to The FA.

As a 12-year-old Stanway was no longer allowed to play on a boys team, and due to a lack of women's teams she almost walked away from the game. Thankfully, the rule changed, and Stanway was allowed to return.

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Furness Rovers Boys' club chairman Steve Liddicott told The Mirror: “She played in our boys’ team until she was 11.

“But we didn’t have any girls’ teams and she was the only girl. She had to go to a girls team, but the league and the other girls teams weren’t too happy as she played a different game to the others. She didn’t play like a girl plays or how they used to play then. She played like a boy.

“She was always in the thick of the action and liked to prove she was as good as the boys. I think it helped her development to play in boys’ teams.”

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England have the chance to bring football home when they face off with Germany at Wembley on Sunday.

It's the Lionesses' third Euros final – with England coming up short in the previous two.


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