Chelsea striker Beth England has been voted the Professional Footballers’ Association’s women’s player of the year after helping the London club claim a Women’s Super League and League Cup double.
The England international scored 21 goals in all competitions and pipped Arsenal and Holland international Vivianne Miedema to the main prize after her rival took the award last season.
England also edged out her Chelsea team-mates Sophie Ingle, Guro Reiten and Ji So-yun, and Arsenal’s Kim Little.
“It’s a huge honour to be voted for by your fellow peers, so thank you to everyone who voted for me,” England said.
“The team cohesion as a group, we fought for everything we had. The girls were tremendous, thankfully we had a great year and hopefully it continues.”
Manchester City’s Lauren Hemp collected the women’s young player prize, beating team-mates Chloe Kelly, Georgia Stanway and Ellie Roebuck, with Chelsea’s Erin Cuthbert and Manchester United’s Lauren James also shortlisted.
City on Tuesday completed the re-signing of England defender Lucy Bronze from Lyon, and Hemp believes City is the place to be.
She said: “At the moment I think it’s the time to be at City, and I think people from the outside are looking and saying, ‘Wow they are going to do well this season’.”