Izzy Christiansen has been named the PFA Women’s Players' Player of the Year 2016.
Having scored the only goal as Manchester City beat Arsenal to win the FA Women’s Super League Continental Cup in October 2014 at the end of her inaugural campaign at the City Football Academy, Izzy Christiansen capped another memorable year last season by scoring on her debut for England against Estonia in September.
The attacking midfielder, now 24, followed that up with the only goal of the game as Mark Sampson’s side beat Australia in the Dewellbon Cup in China a month later.
The Macclesfield-born player actually started her career with Manchester United before joining Everton, where she appeared in the Women’s Champions League.
She also played for Birmingham City in Europe’s premier competition after leaving Everton in 2010 and was an integral member of the Midlanders’ side who won the Women’s FA Cup in 2012.
She settled in well at City, having become reacquainted with her former England youth partner, Toni Duggan. They were key figures in the England side who won the Women’s European Under-19 Championship in 2009 and she also received a silver medal the following year.
She was first selected in the senior squad for the training camp in La Manga last spring. City’s No.11 also participated in the 2008 U17 and 2010 U20 World Cups, and helped Great Britain win a gold medal in the 2013 Summer Universiade in Russia.
Representing her country means a lot to Christiansen. After her first call-up to the senior squad last autumn, she admitted: “I was just so happy and thrilled, and I’m not going to lie, I did start crying a little bit because I’m a wimp.”
Christiansen also made an impact at club level in 2015, scoring six times in the last seven games to help City to a second-place finish and Champions League qualification.