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Georgia Stanway wins PFA Young Player of the Year

Georgia Stanway

Manchester City Women midfielder Georgia Stanway has won the PFA Young Player of the Year at the PFA Awards in London.

Midfielder Stanway’s speed and strength allow her to get forward at will. Even as a young player Georgia has already been named in the UEFA women’s champions league squad of the season in 2018.

If that wasn’t enough, she is now a key part of Phil Neville’s Lionesses squad, ready to impress on the biggest stage of them all.

The midfielder can turn her hand to most attacking positions – and can spring a surprise or two when it comes to scoring goals as well, as she loves to try a long-range effort.

Born in Barrow-in Furness, she started her career at Blackburn Rovers before moving to Manchester City.

When she helped her team to the Continental Cup win this year against Arsenal at Bramall Lane, it was her fourth piece of silverware domestically.

In 2016 she captained England under- 17s to a bronze medal in the European Championships and led them through their first ever World Cup campaign in the same year, when they reached the quarter-final.

She stepped up to the under-20s for their 2018 World Cup campaign, scoring six times as they secured a third-place finish, and when she was called up to the senior team, she even scored on her debut there - against Austria in a 3-0 friendly win in the autumn of 2018.

“I’ve been here four years already and I’ve loved every single minute,” Stanway told the club’s official TV channel when she signed a contract extension in March 2019. “This is where I feel at home and this is where the majority of my development has happened and how I am the player I am today. I’m in the best possible position to move forward and I’m happy here.”

Her manager, Nick Cushing, described her as “an integral part of the City family”, adding: “Georgia has shown her potential as a player, but more importantly she has shown that she has the drive and determination to keep improving. We know as long as she keeps working hard, the way she has been, the sky is the limit in terms of her ability.”

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