Lianne Sanderson

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Lianne Sanderson
Lianne Sanderson England Ladies v Montenegro 5 4 2014 315.jpg
Sanderson playing for England in 2014.
Personal information
Full name Lianne Joan Sanderson[1]
Date of birth (1988-02-03) 3 February 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth Watford, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Arsenal Ladies
Number 7
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2008 Arsenal Ladies
2008–2010 Chelsea Ladies
2010–2011 Philadelphia Independence 40 (8)
2011–2012 Espanyol 23 (8)
2012 D.C. United Women 7 (6)
2013–2014 Boston Breakers 41 (10)
2013 Apollon Limassol (loan)
2015– Arsenal Ladies 0 (0)
National team
2006– England 41 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 December 2014

Lianne Joan Sanderson (born 3 February 1988) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for the Arsenal Ladies and the England women's national football team. She has previously played for Apollon Limassol, Boston Breakers, Chelsea Ladies, Philadelphia Independence, Espanyol, and D.C. United Women.

At international level, Sanderson made her debut for England in May 2006. She was part of the England squad at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup and UEFA Women's Euro 2009. In August 2010, Sanderson complained of unfair treatment and declared she would not play for England again under the then coach Hope Powell. After Mark Sampson took over as manager in December 2013, she was recalled to the squad.

Early life[edit]

At the age of six, Sanderson started playing for a boys' team in South London. Her father played for Crystal Palace. Sanderson says she begged her father to let her play on a team starting at age of five.[3][4]

At age of nine, Sanderson signed for Arsenal.[5]

Club career[edit]


Sanderson tackled by Heather Scheuber of Birmingham City, October 2006

Sanderson joined Arsenal in 1997 as part of their youth programme. Her first full season with the first team came in the 2003–2004 season, and she continued to play in the first team from then on. In the 2006 FA Women's Cup final, Sanderson scored the fifth goal of a 5–0 win over Leeds United,[6] and was voted Player of the Match.[7]

Sanderson finished the 2006–07 season as Arsenal's top–scorer, with 40 goals scored in 41 appearances across four competitions, all of which were won by Arsenal. In the 2007–08 season, she amassed 51 goals in 36 appearances, including the third in Arsenal's 4-1 FA Women's Cup final triumph over Leeds United.[8]


On 3 July 2008, Sanderson and Arsenal teammate Anita Asante joined Chelsea Ladies.[9] Upon signing Sanderson said, "I always said I would never play for anyone else other than Chelsea. I have been at Arsenal for 11 years and it is a big change for me to have to leave the team, but both Anita and I wanted a new challenge. Sometimes you have to try new things and challenge yourself personally and I know that is what I am looking forward to doing here. So now I am just looking forward to what's ahead. Hopefully Anita and I will come in and help Chelsea win things."[10] Arsenal manager Vic Akers publicly criticised the players for the manner of their departure: "You think you've the respect of players, and then they do that. It's a sorry state of affairs."[11]

Philadelphia Independence[edit]

Sanderson with Chicago Red Stars' Jackie Santacaterina in 2013.

Sanderson was drafted in the WPS international draft, and joined Philadelphia Independence. She indicated that a delay in the creation of the FA WSL was behind her move to the United States.[12] In two seasons in the WPS she scored eight goals.[13]


Following the end of the 2011 WPS season, Sanderson signed for Espanyol, in the Spanish league.[14]

D.C. United Women[edit]

In May 2012, she joined W-League side D.C. United Women along with Philadelphia Independence and Espanyol teammate, Joanna Lohman.[15][16]

Boston Breakers[edit]

In 2013, Lianne Sanderson signed with Boston Breakers to play in the new National Women's Soccer League. Sanderson and Lohman went on loan to Cypriot club Apollon Limassol after the American season had finished, to play in the UEFA Women's Champions League.[17]

Arsenal L.F.C[edit]

In November 2014 Sanderson resigned with Arsenal, a club whom she left in 2008.[18]

International career[edit]

Sanderson has played for England at the Under-15, 17, 19 and 21 levels. On 3 May 2006, she was called up for the England first team.[7] She hit the crossbar with a shot from 25 yards, shortly after coming off the bench for her debut against Hungary.[19] She was drafted into the squad for the World Cup qualifying play-off against France in September 2006 as a replacement for the injured Jo Potter.[20]

She scored her first senior goal in England's 4–0 Euro 2009 qualifier win against Northern Ireland on 13 May 2007.[21][22][23] It was her fifth cap.[22]

On 16 August 2010, Sanderson announced that she no longer wanted to be considered for England duty while manager Hope Powell was in charge, due to perceived unfair treatment by both the England hierarchy and Powell.[24]

Sanderson was not included in the England squad for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup or the Great Britain squad for the 2012 London Olympics, which was also selected by Powell. Sanderson continued to publicly criticise Powell's administration: "I felt the [England set-up] wanted people like robots who would literally do everything they asked you to do."[25]

After England's unexpectedly poor performance at UEFA Women's Euro 2013, Powell was sacked by The Football Association (FA). A report in The Guardian newspaper suggested that "the wheels first began to come off" when Sanderson left the team. When Katie Chapman withdrew from selection in 2011 after a dispute with disciplinarian Powell, England had lost of two of their most talented players, both to off-field issues.[26]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list England's goal tally first
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 13 May 2007 Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham  Northern Ireland 4–0 4–0 2009 UEFA Championship qualification
2 8 May 2008 Darida, Minsk  Belarus 4–0 6–1 2009 UEFA Championship qualification
3 9 February 2009 Alpha Sports Centre, Larnaca  Finland 2–0 2–2 Friendly
4 5 March 2009 GSZ Stadium, Larnaca  South Africa 2–0 6–0 2009 Cyprus Cup
5 12 March 2009 GSP Stadium, Nicosia  Canada 1–1 3–1 2009 Cyprus Cup
6 26 November 2009 Buca Arena, İzmir  Turkey 2–0 3–0 2011 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 1 March 2010 GSP Stadium, Nicosia   Switzerland 2–1 2–2 2010 Cyprus Cup
8 22 March 2010 Loftus Road, London  Austria 1–0 3–0 2011 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 10 March 2014 GSP Stadium, Nicosia  Canada 1–0 2–0 2014 Cyprus Cup
10 10 March 2014 GSP Stadium, Nicosia  Canada 2–0 2–0 2014 Cyprus Cup
11 5 April 2014 Falmer Stadium, Brighton and Hove  Montenegro 6–0 9–0 2015 FIFA World Cup qualification
12 2 August 2014 Victoria Park, Hartlepool  Sweden 3–0 4–0 Friendly
13 21 August 2014 Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff  Wales 4–0 4–0 2015 FIFA World Cup qualification


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  14. ^ Refuerzos de lujo para el Espanyol (Spanish) Marca, 26 August 2011
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  16. ^ "D.C. United Women to debut fourteen new players against Boston Breakers Saturday". Potomac Soccer Wire. DC Metro Sports. 12 May 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  17. ^ Leonidou, John (11 September 2013). "Ambitious Apollon sign Sanderson, Lohman". UEFA. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
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  19. ^ "England Women 2-0 Hungary Women". BBC Sport. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2006. 
  20. ^ "Couldn't be more thrilled". Football Association. 19 September 2006. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  21. ^ England Women 4-0 N Ireland BBC Sport, 13 May 2007
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  23. ^ England name NI squad Women's Soccer Scene, 29 February 2008
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  25. ^ Creighton, Jessica; Magowan, Alistair (24 June 2011). "All eyes on England women's manager Hope Powell". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  26. ^ Kessel, Anna (22 August 2013). "Hope Powell's ruthless brilliance will not be missed by England's players". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 

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