11 May 2018
Fran Kirby is presented with the FWA Footballer of the Year 2018 award.
England boss Phil Neville believes that Chelsea and England striker Fran Kirby could "become the best player in the world".
Fran, who was crowned PFA Women's Player of the Year in April, was presented with the first-ever Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award at a star-studded event at London's Landmark Hotel on 10 May.
"Fran is a special player and has an exceptional season both for her club and country," said Phil. "She wants to be the best player in the world and with her dedication she can be."
Fran said: "It is such an honour to win this award, especially as this is the very first time it has ever been given to any one. I am delighted."
The 24-year-old was instrumental in helping Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-1 to win the Women's FA Cup in front of 45,423 fans at Wembley this month. She was then on the scoresheet again four days later in a 3-1 victory against Birmingham City that saw Chelsea move three points clear at the top of Women's Super League One with three games to go.
"We want to win all the time," Fran added, "So hopefully we can keep winning and get the trophy at the end of it."
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