Kim Little and Marta head first BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year shortlist

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• Marta, Nadine Kessler and Spain’s Verónica Boquete also nominated
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Scotland’s Kim Little is among the nominees for the first ever BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award, with the shortlist announced on the BBC World Service on Sunday.

Little scored 17 goals in 25 games for Seattle Reign as they won the National Women’s Soccer League in 2014, and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player. The 24-year-old previously enjoyed success with Arsenal and Hibernian, winning 13 trophies in Britain before signing for Seattle.

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