BIRMINGHAM City Ladies and England midfielder Karen Carney is celebrating after being named the Professional Sportswoman of the Year at the Birmingham Sports Awards.
The 27-year-old midfielder has been flying the flag for women’s football in the area for many years and in recent months helped England reach the semi-final of the World Cup in Canada.
She returned home with a bronze medal as the Lionesses won the third place play-off against favourites Germany.
Carney has also been the figurehead and heartbeat of Birmingham City Ladies in recent years and is a popular, well respected figure in the city’s sporting circles.
The Solihull-born player did not feature for England Women as they thumped Estonia 8-0 on Monday evening, but team mate Jo Potter did feature.
Potter scored England’s second goal with a well placed shot into the bottom corner but it was Danielle Carter who stole the headlines after scoring a hat-trick on her debut as England made convincing start to their Euro 2017 qualification programme.
Blues Ladies return to league action this weekend when they travel to Meadow Lane this Sunday to take on Notts County knowing they could secure their Super League status.
An injury-hit season has seen David Parker’s side struggle at the wrong end of the table but they make the short trip to Nottingham knowing that Bristol Academy have to beat title-chasing Manchester City to remain in the league.
Blues sit five points above Bristol with two games to go and will be looking to end any relegation fears heading into the final game of the league season away at Arsenal.