Manchester City star Lucy Bronze crowned PFA Women's Player of the Year
Manchester City and England defender Lucy Bronze has been named Professional Footballers’ Association women’s Player of the Year for the second time.
The 25-year-old also won the award in 2014 and saw off competition from team-mates Jane Ross and Jill Scott, along with Ellen White, Karen Carney and Caroline Weir.
Jess Carter of Birmingham City was chosen by her peers as the women’s young player of the year.
Manchester City’s strong representation in both categories was due to their excellent Women’s Super League campaign in 2016, when they marched to the title without losing a single game.
Ross and Liverpool midfielder Weir both look set to feature in the Scotland team that face England at Euro 2017 this summer.
Bronze and Scott will represent England at the showpiece tournament in Holland, along with attacking midfielder Carney - a consistently strong performer for Chelsea last term - and Birmingham forward White, who scored the winner against the United States at the SheBelieves Cup last month.
England full-back Bronze has been a consistent performer for club and country in recent seasons but told the Daily Telegraph this week that she almost became a chartered accountant.
“I just love maths, and doing equations,” she said. “When I was a kid I was really good at it, so when I was seven I asked my mum what job lets you do maths and pays you for it. She said accountancy, and that was it. I was dead set.
"I didn’t dream of joining Man City as a professional one day, or representing England because I didn’t know that was even possible.”
Carter secured more votes in the young player category than the Manchester City trio of Nikita Parris, Georgia Stanway and Keira Walsh, plus Weir and Chelsea’s Millie Bright.