Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema has beaten Chelsea’s Bethany England by just one vote to be named the Football Writers’ Association Women’s Footballer of the Year.
The Netherlands forward lost by a single vote last year but has claimed the accolade this season.
Chair of the FWA’s women’s sub-committee, Jen O’Neill, said: “This was a close-run decision because of the brilliant breakout season that Beth England had with the Lionesses and WSL champions Chelsea.
“However, Vivianne’s clinical efficiency in front of goal and her seemingly effortless poise, can mean her all-round ability and footballing intelligence are sometimes overlooked. She is a worthy winner and a world-class performer.
“With more assists than any other WSL player this season, she is also a valuable creator of openings for teammates; dropping to collect the ball and playing in others, or making space with her movement.
“Although a humble and laid-back character, she is also determined that the women’s game carries on breaking barriers, and she continues to co-author a series of children’s books to entertain and inspire young players in the Netherlands.”
The Netherlands forward was the Women’s Super League’s Golden Boot winner for the past two seasons.
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