Cunningham praises Rudge for time as England captain

After new England Women's Head Coach Stu Barrow praised Emily Rudge yesterday, our captain, Jodie Cunningham has now offered her thoughts!

Following an announcement on Emily Rudge’s Instagram account, Saints skipper, Jodie Cunningham has now given her thoughts behind Rudge stepping down as England skipper.

Cunningham said: “Rudgey’s announcement, stepping down as captain is just a credit to her in terms of how she has led this team over the last five years. She has absolutely smashed the role of being captain. I remember when she got asked, when Craig Richards asked her to be captain and she doubted herself, that she could do it.”

“I didn’t doubt her for one minute. I knew she would lead the team amazingly well and she has absolutely done that, leading from the front, always bringing the intensity, sets the platform for everyone else to play off and she absolutely did that in this recent World Cup as well.”

“Particularly in that Semi Final, she really took it to the Kiwis and although we didn’t get the result in the end she really stood out in that game and can definitely be proud of what she has done and how she has led England in the past five years. It has been an honour to play under her captaincy!”

You can also read Stu Barrow’s statement here

Despite no longer being captain of the side, Rudge is still eager to add to her record breaking 30 caps for her country. England Women will play a mid-season international against France at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday 29th April, with both Cunningham and Rudge potentially playing in that game in their hometown.

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