Arsenal’s Taylor takes England award

PUBLISHED: 09:31 15 September 2017

Arsenal's Jodie Taylor, winner of the Vauxhall England Player of the Year prize at The FA Womens Football Awards (pic Jed Leicester/FA)

Arsenal's Jodie Taylor, winner of the Vauxhall England Player of the Year prize at The FA Womens Football Awards (pic Jed Leicester/FA)

Jed Leicester for FA

Arsenal’s Jodie Taylor won the England Player of the Year prize at the FA Women’s Football Awards.

Having scored five times at the Euro 2017 finals this summer, to win the golden boot, the 31-year-old added another gong to her haul at Grosvenor House Hotel.

And Taylor, who will lead the Arsenal line during the FA Women’s Super League 1 season, was quick to praise team-mates for club and country for her fine form.

“It’s pretty incredible – I’m ecstatic and shocked,” said Taylor. “I wasn’t expecting it to be honest – all the others deserve it as much as me.

“But obviously it’s a great achievement, an honour and a privilege to win the award. It’s pretty cool.

“It was awesome to be part of that environment [in the Netherlands]. To be a part of the national team is great, it’s an environment you can thrive in and I feel like I’ve thrived in it.

“I love my team-mates, I feel I’ve been successful because of them playing well. They put the ball in the right areas and make everything easy for me. I love the girls so much.”

The FA Women’s Football Awards recognised the achievements of clubs, players, staff and the excellent work done at the grassroots level of the game, while highlighting the success of The FA’s Gameplan for Growth, which aims to double participation and the fanbase of the women’s game by 2020 and create sustained success at international level.

Taylor joined Arsenal in 2016 after a two-year spell in the United States, where she played for Washington Spirit and Portland Thorns.

And despite a shorter summer break than most, Taylor is itching to get back on the pitch for Arsenal, adding: “We had a couple of weeks off after the Euros to get over not winning it. Getting back into pre-season has been tough, but we’ve had some great friendlies, we’ve been doing well and starting to gel as a team.

“We’re in an even better place than we were in the Spring Series, which is exciting. I’m really looking forward to getting going.”

*For more information and to see all the award winners visit Join the conversation online using #FAWomensAwards.


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