Liverpool defender up for top awards

Lucy Bronze

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England and Liverpool Ladies footballer Lucy Bronze has been nominated for two prestigious awards in the sport.

The 22-year-old from Alnwick is in the running to win the Professional Footballers’ Association’s female player of the year accolade. She is also on the shortlist to land the young player gong.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Sunday.

Bronze is up against club colleagues Natasha Dowie and Nicole Rolser for the player of the year award, as well as Arsenal duo Siobhan Chamberlain and Jordan Nobbs, and Seattle Reign’s Kim Little.

For the young player title, she is in the running with team-mate Martha Harris. Nobbs is also in contention, along with Arsenal’s Danielle Carter, Manchester City’s Isobel Christiansen and Everton’s Alex Greenwood.

Win or lose, the nominations recognise what has been a successful time for Lucy, both domestically and internationally.

The tough-tackling defender has established herself as an England regular and has been called up to the squad to face Ukraine in a World Cup qualifying match on May 8.

The clash, which kicks off at Shrewsbury Town at 7.30pm, will be screened live on BBC2. England have not conceded a goal in all five of their Group 6 matches and top the table. A win against Ukraine would take them a step closer to reaching next year’s World Cup in Canada.

Domestically, Bronze was part of the Liverpool Ladies side that won the FA Women’s Super League (WSL) title last season.

The Merseysiders have made an unbeaten start to their championship defence, beating Manchester City 1-0 last week, before drawing 0-0 with Chelsea. They also beat Sunderland in the FA Cup.

Bronze has played in all three matches and is targeting silverware this season.

Next up for Liverpool is a derby against Everton in the FA Cup on Saturday, before they play the Toffees in the FA WSL Continental Cup on Wednesday.