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Matildas' striker Sam Kerr 'honoured' to be shortlisted for top FIFA award

Matildas' striker Sam Kerr 'honoured' to be shortlisted for top FIFA award
From ESPN - September 13, 2017

Matildas' striker Sam Kerr says it's a great honour to be shortlisted for the title of best women's soccer player in the world.

But it's a nomination that sits uneasily with a team player hell-bent on achieving success for her national side.

The Perth-raised striker is a huge part of Australia's climb through the ranks of world football under coach Alen Stajcic.

Kerr netted a first international hat trick against Japan at last month's Tournament of Nations, won by Australia.

The 24-year-old is four clear on top of the United States-based National Women's Soccer League's scoring charts -- widely considered to be the best league in the world.

It's easy to understand why Kerr was named on a 10-woman shortlist for FIFA's "The Best" award.

Kerr slightly recoils at the notion.

"I pinch myself, kinda," she said. "The players that are nominated are great players, so to be among them is a huge honour.

"But I do not like talking about it. It's awkward.

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