Bronze named in PFA team of the year

Lucy Bronze signs for Manchester City Women.
Lucy Bronze signs for Manchester City Women.

Alnwick’s Lucy Bronze failed to win back-to-back PFA player of the year titles this evening, but was named in the team of the year.

The Manchester City defender took the title in 2014 while playing for Liverpool Ladies, collecting her award alongside fellow Red Luis Suárez, who won the men’s award. She was on the six-player shortlist again this year, but Chelsea’s Ji So-yun was named the winner.

Today, the former Duchess’s Community High School pupil was named in the PFA FA Women’s Super League team of the year for her performances for the Merseyside club, where she played for two seasons, winning the league title each time, following her 2012 move from city rivals Everton.

In November last year, she moved to Manchester City, but has since played just twice due to injury. She made her debut last weekend in her side’s loss against Arsenal and started this evening as the Sky Blues lost 2-1 at her former club Liverpool.

The 23-year-old, who is a regular England international, was joined on the shortlist by Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Jess Clarke (Notts County), Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Kelly Smith (Arsenal) and winner Ji So-yun (Chelsea). The PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association) awards are voted for by fellow professionals.

Earlier this month, Bronze was named joint Northumberland Gazette Sports Personality of the Year Award winner alongside middle-distance runner Laura Weightman.