City on Shepherd:
Northern Ireland international Lynda Shepherd joined City in 2012, after a successful loan spell from Liverpool Ladies.
Shepherd began her career at youth level with Manchester United, before then joining Stockport County Ladies.
In 2005, she moved to Blackburn Rovers Ladies and after making her senior debut, spent five successful years at the club – notably appearing in the semi-final of the FA Women’s Cup.
The tenacious midfielder then joined FA WSL outfit Liverpool ahead of the 2011 season but was loaned out to City shortly after.
With the Reds struggling and their manager sacked in 2012, a number of fringe players – including Shepherd – were released.
It was no surprise then that the midfielder chose to join City, having tasted success with the Blues in their Championship-winning season.
Shepherd started her international career with England, before opting to play for Northern Ireland.
Having made her England debut at under-21 level in 2004, she went on to play for the under-23s, scoring against Germany in La Manga before making the decision in 2013 to play for Northern Ireland.
She made her senior debut for the side in the Cyprus Cup – a 5-1 defeat to the Republic of Ireland. In the same tournament though, she netted her first goal for Northern Ireland in a 2-1 loss against South Africa.
With a good understanding of the game and a willingness to get stuck in, Shepherd certainly has the right attributes to play a key role in City’s team.