Sanderson expecting England snub

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Lianne Sanderson has been capped 50 times by England

England forward Lianne Sanderson says she does not expect to be selected for her country again after speaking out in defence of team-mate Eniola Aluko.

Striker Aluko has accused women’s head coach Mark Sampson of “bullying and discrimination”.

Sampson has been cleared of wrongdoing by two investigations and vehemently denies the claims.

And Sanderson, 29, told BBC Radio 5 live her support for Aluko could mean her international career now suffers.

The forward – currently between clubs following a serious ligament injury – has been capped 50 times by England. Last week, she told BBC Sport that the England camp’s culture was one where “everyone must conform”.

And on Tuesday, Sanderson – who was most recently at Western New York Flash – told BBC Radio 5 live’s Phil Williams show: “When I come back from my injury, which will be soon, I’ll be able to be selected for England again.

“Will I be selected? Probably not, because they know I’m a key witness in this thing. You’re trying to do the right thing but that shouldn’t mean that your England career suffers because of that.

“If they changed the coach, it wouldn’t change the culture. I do think it’s a thing the FA need to make better.

“I don’t think it’s just Mark. But these allegations that have been made are very serious and I think they have tried to downplay them.

“It’s something that’s been going on for a long time. People ask ‘why now?’ but it’s nothing to do with the Euros, we’ve been wanting to talk about this for a long time.”

When contacted by BBC Sport, the FA said it had nothing further to add.

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