Georgia Stanway’s breakthrough season with Manchester City and England has been recognised by her peers after she was named PFA Women’s Young Player of the Year on Sunday night.

The 20-year-old Barrovian has enjoyed an outstanding campaign with City, who play in the Women’s Super League, scoring 13 goals, including a hat-trick against Brighton last October.

Having finished as joint-top scorer in last year’s Women’s Under-20 World Cup, Stanway made her senior England debut against Austria the following month and marked the occasion by scoring the Lionesses’ second goal in a 3-0 win. She has now won six caps for her country.

The young striker finished ahead of City clubmate Keira Walsh, Bristol City goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley, Chelsea’s Erin Cuthbert, West Ham’s Alisha Lehmann and Vivienne Miedema of Arsenal, who won the senior women’s award.

Stanway said: “It’s unbelievable, it’s hard to put into words, really. It’s just a privilege to win the award and obviously to do it representing Man City.

“I’d definitely like to thank my family. They’ve been a massive influence on me growing up and they’ve definitely made it possible for me to even be here and even be playing, so a massive shout out to them.

“They’ve been through the ups and downs, but they can share in this special moment with me.”

The week could get even better for Stanway, who will play for City in Saturday’s Women’s FA Cup final against West Ham at Wembley, while she stands a great chance of being named in England’s Women’s World Cup squad next month.

Stanway’s achievement has been recognised by MP for Barrow and Furness John Woodcock, who is delighted to see someone from the town whose star is really on the rise.

Woodcock said: “Georgia fully deserves this accolade and the whole town can be immensely proud of her achievements.

“This award puts her at the pinnacle of women’s football which is finally obtaining the kind of media coverage it deserves.

“Apart from her first-rate soccer skills, Georgia is a good public speaker who has given her free time to inform Barrow audiences about how youngsters can build confidence and improve team-work.

“Barrow has a proud heritage of producing some top-notch sportspeople and now Georgia can take her place alongside the best of them.

“I feel sure the town will be shouting for her when she plays for City in Saturday’s Women’s FA Cup final against West Ham at Wembley.”