Alnwick’s Lucy Bronze failed to win back-to-back PFA player of the year titles on Sunday, 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.
Appearing as a guest on the BBC’s Women’s Football Show on Monday night, Bronze described Ji as ‘the best player in the league last year’.
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, 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 on Sunday as the Sky Blues lost 2-1 at her former club Liverpool.
Referring to the reasons for her move to City on the Women’s Football Show, she said: “I have had a lot of issues with my knees, I have been out again this season and City’s really the best place to take care of myself.
“I have got everything I could possibly need for a longer career, to preserve myself playing at a higher quality.
“My time at Liverpool was brilliant, I really enjoyed myself and it was a great team to play for.”