England's Three Lions and Lionesses were well represented at 2020 FIFA Best Awards

Friday 18 Dec 2020
England's Lucy Bronze was named as The Best Women's Player in 2020 at FIFA's The Best Awards

England were well represented at The Best FIFA Football Awards 2020 on Thursday evening.

With the ceremony held as a virtual event from FIFA's HQ in Zurich, Lionesses and Manchester City star Lucy Bronze was one of the headliners as she was crowned as the 2020's Best Women's Player.

It's the first time Bronze has received this particular accolade and it comes on the back of her final season in France with Olympique Lyonnais before returning home to join Manchester City, who she helped to win the Vitality Women's FA Cup Final.

There was also a place in the FIFA FIFPRO Men's World11 for Three Lions defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, with 1000s of players from around the world voting for their selections.

And Lionesses defender Millie Bright was also nominated to join Bronze in the FIFA FIFPRO Women's World11.

“I’m obviously really happy," said Bronze.

"At Lyon you always have the expectation of winning the Champions League every single year.

England's Trent Alexander-Arnold was named in FIFA's Best men's team of 2020

"Every team wants to knock Lyon out, but moving back to Manchester and getting off to a pretty good start and winning a cup final and moving through in the Champions League, it’s a good feeling to be back home and winning trophies on English soil again.

“Given the news this week of Gerard Houllier passing, he was a huge influence at Lyon, and quite specifically with myself.

"He used to make a little beeline straight to me after games and always put his arm around me before big games.

"I think it was the scouser in him that attracted him to the northern English player like me.

Millie Bright was picked alongside Lucy Bronze in the FIFA Best women's team for 2020

"The players he worked with throughout his career were phenomenal, and for that kind of person to even spend a small amount of time with me was special.

"Given the sad news this week, the award has to be dedicated to him. It’s a huge loss and I’m just thankful for everything he did for me.”

And Bronze and Bright's future England head coach Sarina Wiegman was also among the winners, as the current Netherlands boss was named as the Best Women's Coach.

It's the second time that Wiegman, who will take over as England Women's head coach in 2021, has landed the award following her success in 2017.

By Nicholas Veevers