England v Germany: Wembley is the 'pinnacle' says Gemma Bonner

08/11/2019 12:42

England defender Gemma Bonner says she "never thought it would be a reality" to play at "the pinnacle" of Wembley for Saturday's sell-out friendly against Germany.

England v Germany international friendlyVenue: Wembley Date: Saturday, 9 November Kick-off: 17:30 GMTCoverage: Live on BBC Two from 17:15 GMT, commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live and live text coverage on the BBC Sport website & app

England defender Gemma Bonner says she "never thought it would be a reality" to play at Wembley - "the pinnacle" - after being called into the squad for Saturday's friendly against Germany.

Bonner was called up after Atletico Madrid forward Toni Duggan was forced to withdraw through injury.

With a sell-out at the 90,000-seat Wembley stadium it will be a record crowd for a Lionesses' home match.

"Saturday is going to be on another level," Bonner told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"You grow up thinking Wembley is kind of the pinnacle. Especially as a young girl growing up, you never ever thought it would be a reality [to play there].

"We have worked so hard for so many years, to actually get the game to this place and for people to pay to come and watch [is amazing].

"As a player, you just want to play in the best stadiums, on the best pitches, in front of as many people as possible and I think Wembley epitomises all of that.

"Just saying that makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck - 90,000 people, for women's football, it's crazy," she added.

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Bonner was on the bench at Wembley in May when her Manchester City side beat West Ham 3-0 to lift the FA Cup for a second time in three years, and she said you could "feel the atmosphere and feel the occasion."

The 28-year-old now believes "people are starting to respect" the women's game and can "relate on a more personal level".

"When you watch women's football, you see players that have never played for the money, have never played for any other motive than that they love the game and they want to be the best that they can be," said Bonner.

"People are starting to respect that from the outside - in terms of the honesty, the hard work that we've put in, the sacrifices, all the decisions that we've made in our lives to get to the position and be on the platform that we're now on. We're more accessible to the crowd."

Gemma Bonner (left) was part of the Manchester City side that won last season's Women's FA Cup at Wembley

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/

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