PFA name their FAWSL Team of the Year 2015
The Professional Footballers’ Association has announced their FAWSL Team of the Year 2015
Seven England internationals have been awarded in the PFA’s Women’s Super League Team of the Year 2015.
Goalkeeper, Notts County
One of the first 17 female players to be given central contracts by the Football Association in 2009, Carly enjoyed successful spells with Chelsea and Perth Glory in Australia before joining Notts County in 2014. The former Sunderland and Leeds keeper has had one of her best-ever seasons, and would perhaps give much of the credit for that to goalkeeping coach Kevin Pilkington.
Defender, Notts County
Rachel left Glasgow City for Notts County in January 2014 to fulfil her ambition of playing in England. After a successful year at Notts, where she was captain throughout the season, she was awarded supporters’ player of the season and joint manager’s player of the season. Many fans rated Corsie as the best centre back of the 2014 season, and the 70-cap Scottish international is now plying her trade with Seattle Reign in the USA.
The veteran England international, who became the first female member of the PFA’s management committee in 2013, enjoyed another fine season with the Gunners. Versatile defender Casey became only the fifth English player to win 100 caps for her country, who she captained for a time after Faye White retired. Back at the club where she started her career in 1999, she is still going strong.
Having begun her career in her native Scotland with Glasgow City, Emma had a brief spell in Germany with SGS Essen before joining the Gunners in 2012. Versatile and equally adept in either defence or midfield, she is strong and athletic as well as being technically good on the ball. A product of the Scottish FA Performance Centre, she has captained her country at Under 19 level, and has more than 40 senior caps to her name.
Full back Lucy has overcome a series of injuries to re-establish herself among the very best at the top of the women’s game. She was part of the Liverpool team which won back-to-back titles, and the England international is confident of adding more honours to her personal CV having taken on the challenge of making Manchester City the biggest club in the country following their major investment.
Midfield, Manchester City
At 5ft 11ins, Jill is one of the tallest players in the league – little wonder she’s earned the nickname ‘Crouchy’. After winning a series of club and individual honours with Everton, having begun her career with hometown club Sunderland, she joined Manchester City in 2013. Jill has more than 70 England caps to her name, and her goal tally for her country is well into double figures.
Twice named FA Young Player of the Year, Karen initially made her mark at Birmingham City and, after staying with the club for a further season following their financial collapse in 2005, she signed for Arsenal and experienced great success in 2006–07 – winning the UEFA Women’s Cup and all three domestic trophies. She is now back at Birmingham where she has already been inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame.
What an impact the South Korean international made for the Blues in her first season in this country, being named WSL Player of the Year and also nominated for our prestigious player of the year award. Not only a fantastic playmaker, she is no slouch in front of goal either and has impressed teammates and opponents alike. She has adapted to life in this country with ease, and according to the many she is only going to get better.
Creative midfielder Jo is in her third spell with Birmingham, having started her career with Chesterfield and having earned her stripes with the likes of Arsenal, Everton and Charlton, she is back on familiar turf with Blues. The 30-year-old has 16 full England caps to her name and was recalled to the international set-up last August after a seven-year absence. She scored her second England goal the following month.
Lagos-born Eniola is happy to be focusing solely on her playing career after spending eight years juggling football with her legal studies. Now qualified as a solicitor, the former Charlton and Birmingham striker has played for England at all levels and is well on course to join the elite 100-cap club. Faye White reckons she gives defenders ‘nightmares’ but right now she is living the dream.
Everton’s player of the year last season, her performances in a side heading for relegation earned Nikita a season-long loan to Manchester City. She has been recognised by many as ‘the most exciting young player in the WSL’ and 11 goals in a struggling side spoke volumes about her ability and commitment. Having played for England at all levels, she is now staking a strong claim for a place in Mark Sampson’s senior side.
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