Georgia Stanway’s outstanding season has been rewarded with a place in England’s squad for this summer’s Women's World Cup.

On a day where the 23-player squad was announced one-by-one by a succession of celebrities on Twitter, Stanway was the 18th individual who was revealed to be on the plane for the tournament, which is being held in France.

The person who broke the news was her colleague at Manchester City – and fellow PFA Young Player of the Year – Raheem Sterling.

Sterling said: “As you know, today’s a big day. The Lionesses World Cup squad is being announced today and I’ve been given the permission to confirm that you’re going to France.

“I just want to say a massive congratulations, especially after the great season that you’ve had.

“I just want to wish you, and all the Lionesses, the best in France this summer.”

It has been a fantastic couple of weeks for the 20-year-old, who only last Saturday produced a player-of-the-match performance in City’s 3-0 victory over West Ham in the Women’s FA Cup final, scoring their second goal at Wembley.

It was her 14th goal of the season, in which she has broken into the Lionesses squad, scoring on her senior international debut against Austria last November.

Stanway will now be returning to France, where she finished as joint-top scorer in last year’s Under-20 Women’s World Cup to help England to finish third, their best-ever performance in that competition.

That is also where England's senior team finished at the last Women's World Cup, which was held in Canada in 2015 and did so much to raise the profile of women's football in this country.

The Lionesses' matches this summer are going to be prime time viewing, with Phil Neville's side playing their first match in the tournament against old rivals Scotland on Sunday, June 9.

Stanway can't wait to sample the atmosphere at a tournament that has grown and grown in the last 20 years.

She said: "I went to the Euros in Holland [in 2017]. A few of the girls went out and we just went to watch and the atmosphere and everything was unbelievable. I've only wished to have been a part of it.

"It definitely stemmed from the Canada World Cup in 2015 and everything has kind of just snowballed from there.

"It's been unbelievable to see the growth in the game and obviously to play with the players that I'm player with today, who've not always had it on a plate.

"Us younger generation have just got to count ourselves lucky that we're coming through at the right time."