We are profiling each of the five candidates for the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2020 award. You can elect your winner on the BBC Sport website up until Monday, 2 March at 09: 00 GMT. The outcome will be revealed on Tuesday, 24 March on BBC World Service.
Age: 28 Position: Defender Plays for: Lyon and England
Achievements in 2019
- Won domestic double and Champions League with Lyon
- Uefa Gamer of the Year
- Runner-up in World Cup Golden Ball and Ballon d’Or
Did you know?
- First English player to win Uefa Women’s Player of the Year award
- Played college football for the North Carolina Tar Heels prior to starting senior career
- Won WSL three times before relocating to France, twice with Liverpool and when with Manchester City
In her own words
Biggest accomplishment of the past 12 months?
” Winning the Champions League last, that was special. Although it’s my second Champions League last, the very first time I wasn’t persuaded by my own efficiency. However this year I mored than happy with how I performed and the group performed. It’s the marquee game and you wish to put on a great program for females’s football – so that was a huge highlight. That very first half I smiled all the way through.”
” At the World Cup I was so dissatisfied as my mind was set on getting to the final, so everything to do with it now I feel a bit unfortunate. But winning the SheBelieves Cup with England – we performed well, particularly in the USA video game, we scored some excellent goals and beat a few of the finest groups worldwide.”
Is there pressure to win everything with Lyon?
” We do not feel it as pressure. We have so lots of world-class gamers in our team to share that pressure that it doesn’t seem like pressure. You generally hope two or 3 perform in a team, however we understand someone weekly will help the team win. Winning is not boring – losing and drawing is boring.”
Most significant remorse?
” When I was 17 I went to America to study at university due to the fact that I got informed I wasn’t sufficient to go to this England program. I only remained the one year. They stated if I remain, I won’t get selected for England for the next couple of years – it’s too far. So I came back to England and then I had a run of injuries and believed I ought to have just remained in America. But I didn’t understand I was going to end up betting England as much as I have.”
” I wish to have a family. I say to the ladies at Lyon every day, I desire an infant. I’ve turned 28 however it’s going to have to wait a bit longer. That’s a goal in life. I was brought up in a terrific family and it’s something I cherished more than anything growing up.”
When have you been star struck?
“[Meeting] Lionel Messi at the awards events, David Beckham too … however the minute I was star struck was when I was 14 and Toolbox Ladies were playing Sunderland Ladies and I bet the academy. Rachel Yankey was there – I understand her rather well now having bet England together. I was with Lucy Staniforth and Demi Stokes. We were watching therefore star struck.”
Who would play you in a film?
” Sandra Oh. Actually random but I like the role she plays in Grey’s Anatomy. And in Killing Eve – they’re quite comparable characters to what I resemble as a person, amusing sense of humour, not socially constantly the very best however very driven.”