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England Women reach agreement with FA over pay and bonuses

England captain Millie Bright says the Lionesses have reached an agreement with the FA over pay and bonuses, bringing an end to their ongoing dispute.

The rift dominated the build-up to England’s World Cup campaign this summer but has been ended ahead of the Nations League fixtures, starting with the visit of Scotland to the Stadium of Light in Sunderland on Friday.

England Women and the FA paused negotiations during the World Cup but frustration remained amongst the squad following the tournament in Australia and New Zealand, which saw the team lose to Spain in the final

The players were adamant they should be rewarded for their achievements directly from FA coffers, rather than just the FIFA bonus payments that were laid out before the World Cup.

Speaking ahead of the game against Scotland, Bright - who is standing in for the injured Leah Williamson as skipper - said: "We’ve come to an agreement.

"We've had a really good conversation with the FA and expressed that we want to be world leaders both on and off the pitch.

"That conversation was needed and the conversations will be ongoing between the leadership team and the FA. We're really positive that, moving forward, things will be different. Overall it was very good."

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