Northumberland footballer Lucy Bronze has been 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,fired in a screamer against Norway in the last-16 before netting in the quarter-final win over hosts Canada.
Her stand-out performances helped the Lionesses to a historic third-place finish in the competition and she was in the running to win the Golden Ball – the award given to the best player at the tournament, although this was later won by the USA’s Carli Lloyd.
Two other England players – captain Steph Houghton and keeper Karen Bardsley – were also named in the All-Star Squad.
On Facebook, Manchester City defender Bronze said: “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 Vauxhall England football team. Really proud to be representing all the England girls by being named, as there is no I in team, certainly not for defenders.”
The performances of all three England players were noted by Fifa’s Technical Study Group, who selected them in their All-Star line-up. World Cup winners USA provide five of the 23-strong ‘Dream Team’.
The Lionesses will now begin their Euro 2017 qualifying campaign next month when they take on Estonia in Tallinn on Monday, September 21.
Their first home qualifier is against Bosnia & Herzegovina at Bristol City FC on Sunday, November 29.
Fifa Women’s World Cup All-Star Squad
Goalkeepers: Nadine Angerer, Karen Bardsley, Hope Solo. Defenders: Saori Ariyoshi, Lucy Bronze, Kadeisha Buchanan, Steph Houghton, Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Wendie Renard. Midfielders and Forwards: Ramona Bachmann, Lisa De Vanna, Amandine Henry, Elise Kellond-Knight, Eugenie Le Sommer, Carli Lloyd, Anja Mittag, Aya Miyama, Megan Rapinoe, Mizuho Sakaguchi, Celia Sasic, Elodie Thomis, Rumi Utsugi.