Lucy Bronze named in sports personality shortlist
The 24-year-old England and Manchester City defender from Alnwick, who is the first female footballer ever to make the final 12, said it was a huge honour to be nominated for the accolade.
She scored the winner against Norway in the last-16, in this year’s World Cup, headed the crucial second goal against host nation Canada in the quarter final and was named in the FIFA All-Star squad after the tournament.
She also helped City finish second in FA WSL 1 and qualify for the Champions League for the first time.
She took to Twitter to write: “What an honour! I may not win..But in being nominated I know we did our job #InspireANation”
The Sports Personality Of The Year contenders are:
Lizzie Armitstead – cyclist
Lucy Bronze – footballer
Jessica Ennis-Hill – athlete
Mo Farah – athlete
Chris Froome – cyclist
Tyson Fury – boxer
Lewis Hamilton – Formula One driver
Andy Murray – tennis player
Adam Peaty – swimmer
Greg Rutherford – athlete
Kevin Sinfield – rugby league player
Max Whitlock – gymnast
The BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony will take place at the SSE Arena in Belfast on Sunday 20 December.