Bronze tops poll for best England player at World Cup

Lucy Bronze in action v Germany.
Lucy Bronze in action v Germany.

Alnwick’s Lucy Bronze was voted the best England player at the World Cup in a poll by BBC Sport.

Thousands of people voted in the online poll and the 23-year-old earned 37.9 per cent of the vote, which took place after the Lionesses beat arch-rivals and six-time European champions Germany in the third-place play-off on Saturday night to become the second most successful England side of all time.

The former Duchess’s Community High School pupil and Alnwick Town Junior had already been recognised for her performances as an individual, being named in the shortlist for the Golden Ball – the award given to the best player at the Women’s World Cup.

The Manchester City defender scored two crucial goals in the knock-out stage, with a screamer against Norway in the last-16, before a header against hosts Canada in the quarter-final.

However, Carli Lloyd’s heroics for the USA in their 5-2 win over reigning champions Japan, in which she scored a 13-minute hat-trick including a goal from the halfway line, earned her the crown. Second place went to Amandine Henry, from France, and third was Japan’s Aya Miyama.