Proud footballer Lucy Bronze has said she is honoured to be named in the Fifa Women’s World Cup All-Star Squad for her heroics at the tournament, which included scoring two crucial goals.
The 23-year-old defender, from Alnwick, hit a memorable 20-yard winner against Norway in the last-16 before heading the crucial second goal against host nation Canada in the quarter-final.
Her stand-out performances helped the Lionesses to a third-place finish – the best by the nation’s women’s team at a World Cup.
England captain Steph Houghton and keeper Karen Bardsley were also named in the All-Star Squad.
All three play for Manchester City and their performances at the World Cup were noted by Fifa’s Technical Study Group, who selected them for the dream team.
Bronze said: “I am so honoured to be named in the Fifa Women’s World Cup All-Star Squad. To have three English players named in this squad is a big achievement for the England football team. I am really proud to be representing all the England girls by being named, as there is no I in team, certainly not for defenders.”
After the tournament, Bronze was in the running to be named best player of the World Cup and scorer of the best goal. While she didn’t win either, she was voted England’s best player of the tournament in a BBC Sport poll.
Those who made the squad
Goalkeepers: Nadine Angerer (Germany); Karen Bardsley (England); Hope Solo (USA). Defneders: Saori Ariyoshi (Japan); Lucy Bronze (England); Kadeisha Buchanan (Canada); Steph Houghton (England); Julie Johnston (USA); Meghan Klingenberg (USA); Wendie Renard (France). Midfielders and forwards: Ramona Bachmann (Switzerland); Lisa De Vanna (Australia); Amandine Henry (France); Elise Kellond-Knight (Australia); Eugénie Le Sommer (France); Carli Lloyd (USA); Anja Mittag (Germany); Aya Miyama (Japan); Megan Rapinoe (USA); Mizuho Sakaguchi (Japan); Celia Sasic (Germany); Elodie Thomis (France); Rumi Utsugi (Japan).