'No-one comes close': Football world lauds Sam Kerr after huge honour

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Matildas captain Sam Kerr (pictured) celebrates a goal.
Matildas captain Sam Kerr (pictured) has won England's Women's Footballer of the Year award. (Getty Images)

Aussie Sam Kerr has won the English Football Writers' Association woman player of the year award having earned the plaudits of her peers after a remarkable season.

The Aussie captain won a whopping 40 per cent of the votes from the association, which was more than double the runner up Vivianne Miedema.

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With her 18 goals and four assists from 18 WSL games, there could never be any real argument about Kerr deserving the award as, among the 274 players in the league, she's the only one to have more goal involvements than games played.

Kerr is odds on favourite to finish the WSL top scorer for the second straight year, but the Aussie is focusing on propelling Chelsea to the title.

However, the Matilda's captain was quick to earn praise from her Chelsea manager Emma Hayes.

"She's such a top player, in every way," said Hayes after the team's 2-1 home win against Tottenham.

"You go and look at her all-around stats as a centre forward and no-one comes close to her in this league - maybe worldwide.

"She works her socks off, she has the contribution to team goals, and there's her own goalscoring record. Her work rate is phenomenal."

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah picked up England's Men's Footballer of the Year with the Egypt international picking up the award for the second time.

Salah, who also won in 2018, got 48 per cent of the vote, ahead of Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne and West Ham United's Declan Rice who came second and third respectively.

Football world reacts to Sam Kerr accolade

Kerr rightfully earned plaudits for the award after an incredible season thus far.

Salah has 30 goals and 14 assists in 44 games for Liverpool this season and remains a key part of Juergen Klopp's team, who are one point behind leaders Manchester City in the Premier League with five matches left.

with AAP

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