Lucy Bronze is hoping to add the Women’s World Cup trophy to last summer’s European Championships victory and it’s a far cry from where the defender started in her career.
England Women’s World Cup star Lucy Bronze has gone from looking after pizza boxes at Domino’s to defending her own box.
The Lionesses star worked at Domino’s during her days as a student at Leeds Metropolitan University, now Leeds Beckett, in order to raise funds for her degree. Now she’s a key part of Sarina Wiegman’s squad hoping for World Cup glory Down Under.
Bronze, 31, spent her time adding toppings to pizza while also training with Everton during her student days.
Although the job may be looked down on by some, Bronze told FourFourTwo in 2018:
“I worked in Domino’s while I was at uni and playing for Everton, but I actually loved it.
“We had a good bunch of people there, it was always a laugh and I always got free pizza at the end of the night. And I also worked in a five-a-side place pulling pints for the blokes who were playing. I loved that as well.”
While Domino’s was almost certainly a good grounding for Bronze, she has gone from strength to strength on the pitch.
The right-back was named The Best FIFA Women’s Player in 2020 and has twice won England Player of the Year.
|Lucy Bronze worked at Domino’s – who honoured her with a painted logo in 2019 (Image: Twitter/@CarlaDevine1)|
Her achievements were recognised by her former work place with the Headingley branch of Domino’s painting their store sign bronze after her and England team-mates had reached the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup, which unfortunately was as far as the Lionesses got after defeat to the USA.
Ricky Kandola, then-operations director at Domino’s, said:
“We’re all proud of everything Lucy has achieved and are delighted to be able to pay tribute to her ahead of the semi-final.”
And Bronze is hoping England can go all the way this time around, saying:
“Every World Cup I’ve played in, we’ve been so close. I’ve actually never watched a World Cup final because we always get knocked out in the semi-finals and I just don’t like it.”
“A lot of people say ‘Sarina changed England’ but we’ve been working on that for 10 years. We had to go through every milestone for the first time.
“We beat the US, we beat France, we beat Germany, we won a knockout game – for the first time. We had to go through every single process for the first time.
“Obviously the trophy is the main one but there was so many small milestones that we hit that changed our mentality. England’s done most things now.”