Lucy Bronze up for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Lucy Bronze celebrates her wonder-goal winner against Norway in the World Cup as England won a knock-out game for the first time.
Lucy Bronze celebrates her wonder-goal winner against Norway in the World Cup as England won a knock-out game for the first time.

Alnwick's Lucy Bronze is one of three women named on the shortlist for the 2015 BBC Sports Personality of the Year title, which was announced this evening.

The former Duchess's Community High School pupil and Alnwick Town Junior is the first female footballer to be nominated for the prestigious award and she will be going up against the likes of Davis Cup hero Andy Murray, Tour de France winner Chris Froome and gold medal-winning athletes Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill.

The 24-year-old was an integral member of the England Women's team which made history by finishing third at this year's World Cup in Canada.

The Manchester City defender was named on the eight-player shortlist for the Golden Ball player of the tournament award after scoring twice, including a cracking winner from the edge of the area against Norway to propel the Lionesses into the quarter-finals. Her second came in that last-eight clash against the hosts and helped secure a semi-final berth.

Lucy is the current joint holder of the Northumberland Gazette Sports Personality of the Year, alongside 1500m Olympian and fellow former Duchess’s High School pupil Laura Weightman.

The winner of the award is decided by a public vote on the night of the awards ceremony, which is Sunday, December 20.