Lianne Sanderson

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Lianne Sanderson
Lianne Sanderson crop.JPG
Personal information
Full name Lianne Joan Sanderson[1]
Date of birth (1988-02-03) 3 February 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Watford, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Boston Breakers
Number 10
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– Boston Breakers 22 (5)
2013 Apollon Limassol (loan)
National team
2006– England 33 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:54, 22 August 2013 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 April 2014

Lianne Joan Sanderson (born 3 February 1988) is an English professional football striker who plays for the Boston Breakers of the American National Women's Soccer League. She has previously played for Apollon Limassol, Arsenal L.F.C., Chelsea L.F.C., Philadelphia Independence, RCD Espanyol, and D.C. United Women.

At international level, Sanderson made her debut for the England women's national football team in May 2006. She scored eight goals in 29 caps and was part of the English 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 F.C.. Lianne says she begged her father to let her play on a team starting at age five.[3][4]

At age nine, Sanderson signed for the Arsenal L.F.C..[5]

Playing career[edit]


Arsenal LFC[edit]

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 tackled by Heather Scheuber of Birmingham City, October 2006

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]

Chelsea LFC[edit]

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]

Philadelphia Independence (WPS)[edit]

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.[11] In two seasons in the WPS she scored eight goals.[12]

RCD Espanyol[edit]

Following the end of the 2011 WPS season, Sanderson signed for Espanyol, in the Spanish league.[13]

DC United Women[edit]

In May 2012, she joined W-League side D.C. United Women along with Philadelphia Independence and Espanyol teammate, Joanna Lohman.[14][15]

Boston Breakers[edit]

Lianne Sanderson-10 and Jackie Santacaterina-18; 2013-06-09 Chicago Red Stars vs Boston Breakers

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.[16]


Sanderson playing for England in 2014

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.[17] 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.[18]

She scored her first senior goal in England's 4–0 Euro 2009 qualifier win against Northern Ireland on 13 May 2007.[19][20][21] It was her fifth cap.[20]

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.[22]

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."[23]

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.[24]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list England's goal tally first
Goal Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
1 13 May 2007 Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham  Northern Ireland 4–0 2009 UEFA Championship qualification
2 8 May 2008 Darida, Minsk  Belarus 6–1 2009 UEFA Championship qualification
3 9 February 2009 Larnaca  Finland 2–2 Friendly
4 5 March 2009 Larnaca  South Africa 6–0 2009 Cyprus Cup
5 12 March 2009 Larnaca  Canada 3–1 2009 Cyprus Cup
6 26 November 2009 Buca Arena, İzmir  Turkey 3–0 2011 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 1 March 2010 Larnaca   Switzerland 2–2 2010 Cyprus Cup
8 22 March 2010 Loftus Road, London  Austria 3–0 2011 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 10 March 2014 Larnaca  Canada 2–0 2014 Cyprus Cup
10 10 March 2014 Larnaca  Canada 2–0 2014 Cyprus Cup

Personal life[edit]

While playing for the Philadelphia Independence, Sanderson met her partner, teammate Joanna Lohman.[25] The couple moved to Spain together and founded JoLi Academy, a training centre for young female footballers in India.[26]


With Arsenal Ladies
2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08
2003-04, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08
2004-05, 2006-07
2004-05, 2005-06


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  13. ^ Refuerzos de lujo para el Espanyol (Spanish) Marca, 26 August 2011
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  15. ^ "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. 
  16. ^ Leonidou, John (11 September 2013). "Ambitious Apollon sign Sanderson, Lohman". UEFA. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  17. ^ "England Women 2-0 Hungary Women". BBC Sport. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2006. 
  18. ^ "Couldn't be more thrilled". Football Association. 19 September 2006. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  19. ^ England Women 4-0 N Ireland BBC Sport, 13 May 2007
  20. ^ a b "Lianne Sanderson: "It's the best feeling in the world"". Gillingham FC. Chelsea F.C. 14 May 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  21. ^ England name NI squad Women's Soccer Scene, 29 February 2008
  22. ^ "Striker Lianne Sanderson to end England Women's career". BBC Sport. 15 August 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  23. ^ Creighton, Jessica; Magowan, Alistair (24 June 2011). "All eyes on England women's manager Hope Powell". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  24. ^ Kessel, Anna (22 August 2013). "Hope Powell's ruthless brilliance will not be missed by England's players". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  25. ^ Lynch, Katie (29 November 2011). "An interview with Women's Professional Soccer players Joanna Lohman and Lianne Sanderson". Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  26. ^ "Lianne Sanderson & Joanna Lohman (JoLi Academy)". She Kicks. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 

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