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FootballManchester City duo Foden and Shaw land FWA awards

Manchester City duo Foden and Shaw land FWA awards

Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden has been named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year.

Foden’s club mate Bunny Shaw took the women’s award.

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England international Foden has scored 22 goals and provided 10 assists for City this season with Pep Guardiola’s men still on course for a domestic league and FA Cup double.

He landed 42 per cent of the vote to edge out Arsenal’s Declan Rice with City’s Rodri coming third.

Foden said: “Being named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year is a huge honour. I’m very, very happy to receive this award but I could not have done it without the help of my team-mates. We have a very special squad of players at City, and I’m privileged to be a part of that group.

“I want to thank all my team-mates as well as Pep and the coaches for all the support and advice they have given me.

“I strive to be the best that I can be every single day and that is all down to the way the manager and my colleagues always seek to improve and get better.

Jamaica international Shaw took the women’s crown ahead of Chelsea’s Lauren James and City’s Alex Greenwood.

Her goals have carried City to the brink of the WSL title although her season is over due to a broken foot.

She said: “I am very proud and privileged to have received this award and to be recognised in this way is a special honour. I want to also thank all of my team-mates. They provide me with the chances to score goals and I could not have won this award without them.

“I also owe such a lot to [manager] Gareth [Taylor], the rest of the coaching team and everyone else here at City. It’s a pleasure to be part of such a special group.

“Many thanks to all who voted for me and to my fellow nominees. It means such a lot to have won this award. Hopefully the side can now finish off the season in style and give everyone special cause to celebrate.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.
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