GEORGIA Stanway has been named among some of the world’s top footballers as an ambassador for one of the best-selling video games of all time.

The 21-year-old Barrovian has made history as the first English female player to be selected as an EA Sports FIFA Ambassador for the 2021 version of the game.

She joins cover star Kylian Mbappe, Premier League champion Trent Alexander-Arnold and Norwegian hotshot Erling Braut Haaland to make up the exclusive list.

Stanway tweeted this week: “Proud to be the first English women’s FIFA 21 ambassador. Already looking forward to next season.”

Since joining Manchester City, Stanway has scored 24 goals in 63 appearances.

She has also scored two goals in 19 international appearances, and was named the PFA Women’s Young Player of the Year for the 2018-19 season.

In 2018, she was awarded the Silver Boot, after the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

She also featured in Phil Neville’s senior women’s team at the 2019 World Cup in France.

Commenting on the news this week, Cllr Bill McEwan, former Barrow mayor and governor at Ormsgill Primary School, said: “I think it’s a wonderful achievement, not just for her family, but also for the area, where she came up through the ranks.

“She’s clearly a star of the future, and it’s fantastic to see her being recognised in this way. It’s something Barrow should be really proud of. It’s an honour.

“It’s also great she does so much work across different schools in the area. Young girls -and lads, too - will really be looking up to her as a role model.

“For a long time, girls in Barrow - my daughter being one of them - could only compete up to around the age of 13 or so.

"I’m glad to see that’s changing now, as professional players like Georgia have really opened up the game here.”

Steve Herbert, chairman of the Bluebirds Trust, said: “Georgia Stanway has always been a great role model for both football and the town from a very early age.

“This recognition is well-deserved and I imagine it will enhance that role.”

Richard Johnston, senior manager at Active Cumbria, said: “It’s great to see that Georgia is going to be the face of FIFA for the coming season.

"She is a great role model to all young people across Cumbria, to show what can be achieved through hard work and dedication.

"As a previous winner of the Junior Sports Personality of the Year award at the Cumbria Sports Awards we have obviously followed her career to date closely.

“She is already an excellent ambassador for Cumbria, Manchester City FC and England, so this is another great recognition.”