England Women's vice-captain Jordan Nobbs says Lucy Bronze is yet to peak

Lucy Bronze
Image: England's Lucy Bronze will be a world-beater says Jordan Nobbs

Manchester City Women’s defender Lucy Bronze is on course to become one of the best players in world football, according to England vice-captain Jordan Nobbs.

Bronze added to her growing collection of individual honours last Friday, scooping the Women's Super League 1 Player of the Season accolade at the FA Women's Football Awards at Wembley Stadium.

A series of knee operations have hampered Bronze's progression but the former Liverpool defender has still managed to win the title in three of the last four seasons, emerging in recent years as one of England boss Mark Sampson's most important players.

"I don't think Lucy has reached her peak yet," Nobbs told Sky Sports.

Lucy Bronze of Manchester City Women
Image: Bronze won a domestic double with Manchester City this season

"She was my rock at last year's Women's World Cup, helping to keep my mentality strong when I was injured during the tournament.

"A lot of people don't know how much of a hard time she went through with injuries when she was younger but she kept on believing and I think she's shown that hard work pays off.

England midfielder Jordan Nobbs tackles USA's Tobin Heath during the SheBelieves Cup match on March 3, 2016 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
Image: Jordan Nobbs (R) was named England's Player of the Year last week

"She deserved [all the acclaim for her performances in] that tournament and I think she'll go on and become one of the best players in the world."

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Nobbs was also a winner last week after she was voted by fans as Vauxhall's 2016 England Player of the Year.

Jordan Nobbs (right) celebrates with Lucy Bronze during their win over Norway
Image: Nobbs (R) celebrates with goal-scorer Bronze after her winner against Norway at the 2015 Women's World Cup

And the Arsenal Ladies midfielder has vowed to put in the hard yards to elevate her game to another level ahead of next summer's Women's Euros in the Netherlands.

"Mark Sampson and [Arsenal boss] Pedro Martinez Losa have really aided my development and hopefully they can keep learning how to push me to get the best out of me," Nobbs said.

"I think getting the England vice-captaincy has also really helped me and has given me a lot in terms of knowledge and experience.

Jordan Nobbs flanked by Pedro Martinez Losa as she signs new Arsenal deal
Image: Nobbs says Pedro Martinez Losa has positively impacted her career

"Managers and coaches are very helpful but ultimately it comes down to you - and how much you're prepared to push yourself - to get to where you want.

"But I think there is more to come from me as a player, and hopefully at the Euros me and Lucy will be celebrating on the pitch together rather than on the sidelines."

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