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England midfielder Georgia Stanway says it is disappointing that several players are missing out on the chance to take part in the Ballon d’Or ceremony because it clashes with international matches.
Barcelona and Spain midfielder Aitana Bonmati is expected to win the award but Stanway is one of four Lionesses nominated alongside Millie Bright, Mary Earps and Rachel Daly.
But with England facing a crucial Nations League game in Belgium on Tuesday evening, none of the nominated players will be able to attend the ceremony in Paris.
“It’s nice to get the award, as are a lot of teammates at the Lionesses.” I would also add to the list a few people who have had very, very successful years.
“It is a real achievement to be among these names and it is unfortunate that we could not be there.”
England midfielder Georgia Stanway has regretted the fact that the Ballon d’Or ceremony clashes with international matches
The Ballon d’Or will be awarded at a ceremony in Paris on October 30th
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“That’s something we talked about as a group of players and we just said, ‘It would be nice if there wasn’t a match day with minus one in the future so we could enjoy the experience.’
“It’s potentially a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” You never know if you’ll ever be chosen for an award like this again. So it would be really nice to enjoy the experience, be there and feel like a star among the stars.
“If it was planned a little better, it would be easier for a lot of female soccer players to be there.”
A number of players will be present in Paris, with Barcelona apparently chartering a plane for the nominated players.
Mary Earps (left) and Rachel Daly were both nominated but will not be attending the event
Aitana Bonmati is expected to win the award and attend the ceremony
Spain are also in Nations League action on Tuesday evening, with Montse Tome’s side taking on Switzerland in Zurich.
England coach Sarina Wiegman insisted her team had “a job to do” but admitted it would have been nice if the ceremony had been scheduled on a day that did not clash with match preparation.
“It would be nice for her.” [to be able to go]Wiegman said. “Everyone works so hard, but of course we have a job to do, that’s why we’re here.” You can’t be there.
“It would be really nice if things like this were organized.” [so] that players also have the opportunity to take part.’