Cowplain coach on Fifa world shortlist

Jill Ellis. Picture: US Soccer ISI Photos
Jill Ellis. Picture: US Soccer ISI Photos
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Jill Ellis is one of five Britons in the running for the title of Fifa women’s world coach of the year.

The USA chief, who was raised in Cowplain and attended Padnell Junior School, led her side to the World Cup crown in July.

Ellis is joined by England boss Mark Sampson on the 10-person shortlist.

Fellow Brits Colin Bell, who coaches Frankfurt, Seattle Reign chief Laura Harvey and Canada manager John Herdman are also in contention.

The shortlist is completed by Calle Barrling (Sweden under-19s), Farid Benstiti (Paris St Germain), Gerard Precheur (Lyon), Norio Sasaki (Japan) and Thomas Worle (Bayern Munich).

Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe, who are all members of Ellis’ USA squad, are among those shortlisted for player of the year.

Germany’s Celia Sasic is also in the running, along with team-mate Nadine Angerer.

Japan captain Aya Miyama is a contender, along with Ramona Bachmann (Switzerland), Kadeisha Buchanan (Canada) and France pair Amandine Henry and Eugenie Le Sommer.