Lucy Bronze

PFA Women's Players' Player of the Year nominee: Lucy Bronze (Liverpool Ladies).

Bronze by name but gold by nature, Lucy followed Fara Williams and Natasha Dowie across Stanley Park and became a medal winner in her first season with champions Liverpool.

The 22-year-old, who can play in a variety of defensive or midfield positions, has represented England with distinction from Under 17 to full international level.

Lucy began her career in the Sunderland academy, she impressed enough to become a member of the first team squad by the time she was 16.

Despite being on the losing Sunderland side in the 2009 FA Cup Final, Lucy managed to claim the player of the match award before taking her undisputed talent to the United States of America.

She continued to impress with North Carolina Tar Heels with whom she became the first British player to win the NCAA Cup in December 2009.

She returned home to play for Everton, in the Champions League no less, before moving to Liverpool where her career took a quantum leap.

Lucy made an impressive 20 appearances for the England Under 19s before progressing through the international ranks to the senior level she is playing today.

All of which comes as no surprise to former England skipper Faye White who believes that Lucy’s ‘versatility and agility’ marked her out as a star of the future from an early age.

Faye says: “She really came to the fore last season with her accomplished performances for Liverpool. Lucy is agile and comfortable on the ball which means she can play anywhere across the back line.

She has played right back for England but maybe the new manager sees her as a centre back; either way she has made an excellent start to her international career and looks like she has been playing there for years”.