Mackenzie Smith

Smith Makes England U17s Debut

LCFC Women midfielder Mackenzie Smith made her first three competitive appearances for England Under-17s as the Young Lionesses began their UEFA Women's EURO 2022 qualification campaign.
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- Mackenzie Smith featured for England Under-17s in their opening EURO qualifiers this month
- The midfielder played from start to finish in fixtures against Russia, Belgium and Poland
- She captained the Young Lionesses versus Poland after helping England to victory over Belgium
- The 16-year-old made her full LCFC Women debut against Manchester City last month

The young Lionesses, coached by Lydia Bedford, kicked off their Women’s Under-17 European Championship qualifiers with a trio of matches in Poland, aiming to progress into the 2022 finals, which will be held in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The 16-year-old played 90 minutes in all three fixtures, starting with a 2-0 reverse against Russia at Stadion Miejski on Monday 4 October, when a second-half double from substitute midfielder Iana Svistunova secured three group stage points for the Russians.

England enjoyed more success in their second League A Group 5 match versus Belgium on Thursday 7 October, triumphing 1-0 thanks to Virginia Lackey’s 29th-minute strike at Bydgoszcz Stadium.

After helping the young Lionesses to keep a first clean sheet of the campaign, Smith captained her national side against hosts Poland, as England slipped to a 2-0 defeat.

Goals from Amelia Kowalczyk and Maja Kuleczka made the difference back at Bydgoszcz Stadium to leave England third in the four-team pool, with three points from three games.

Smith, who made her full LCFC Women debut in last month’s Vitality Women’s FA Cup fixture against Manchester City, will return to training at Belvoir Drive ahead of the Foxes' Continental League Cup clash with Everton on Wednesday 3 November.

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