YORK-born England international Lucy Staniforth has left Birmingham City Women, writes Joshua Bunting.

Staniforth was out of contract with the Blues at the end of the month and has now decided to move on when her deal expires.

The 27-year-old made 43 appearances for the club in all competitions after joining the Midlands side from Sunderland in 2018.

Staniforth made her debut for Sunderland when she was just 16-years-old in 2007 and helped the club to the FA Women’s Premier League North title and the 2009 Women’s FA Cup final against Arsenal.

She was also part of the Birmingham side which reached fourth place in the Barclays FA Women's Super League (WSL) in 2018/19.

She also made her World Cup debut in England's 3-0 win over Cameroon in Valenciennes last June.

The midfielder played 10 games for the Blues last term, scoring once and claiming three assists.

Birmingham finished 11th in the WSL in 2019/20, one point outside the sole relegation place, with the season being cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.