Bright and Harder named in FIFA World 11

Recently awarded UEFA Player of the Year, Harder has become one of Europe’s top footballers and captained Wolfsburg to the Women’s Champions League final in August, scoring nine times across the campaign.

Harder also showed her prolific scoring ability in the German top flight as she netted 27 goals despite the season being cut short due to the global pandemic.

‘This award, the World 11, is a great recognition from all the players in the world,’ said Harder. ‘Of course that means something extra: its fellow football players that have voted for me to be in this World 11.

‘My greatest accomplishment? I think it’s difficult to say one thing. Overall, I think it has been an exceptional season. Of course, scoring 27 goals in a single season is maybe something that will be difficult to repeat, but winning the double with Wolfsburg four years in a row is also a big accomplishment. 

‘My transfer to Chelsea has also been something big for me, so it’s really difficult to pick out just one thing! It’s been a special year.’

Fellow Blues Sam Kerr, Ann-Katrin Berger, Erin Cuthbert, Magdalena Eriksson, Bethany England and Ji So-Yun were all among FIFA’s 55-player shortlist, while boss Emma Hayes made the final three for the Best FIFA Women’s Coach award.

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