England defender Lucy Bronze has been named on the shortlist for the Federation Internationale de Football Association Women’s World Cup Golden Ball.
Determined by FIFA’s Technical Study Group, the eight players short-listed for the award represent five countries.
The tournament concludes on Sunday with holders Japan playing the United States in Vancouver in a rematch of the 2011 final.
Americans Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe also made the cut with Japan s Saori Ariyoshi and Aya Miyama, England s Lucy Bronze, France s Amandine Henry and Germany s Celia Sasic. Rapinoe scored twice in the opening game of the tournament for the United States and played a role in all of the goals the team scored in the group phase.
She said: “I am literally so surprised to have even been nominated for the Federation Internationale de Football Association Women’s World Cup Golden Ball award”.
Solo headlines the list of nominees for the Golden Glove Award, which recognizes the top goalkeeper at the tournament.
The three candidates for the “Young Player Award” are Canada’s Kadeisha Buchanan, 19, Norway’s Ada Hegerberg, 19, and 20-year-old Chinese midfielder Tang Jiali.
Her tournament is not yet over with England having a third/fourth place play-off with Germany on Saturday night.