FORMER Reading FC Women striker Fran Kirby has been nominated for this year’s Women’s Ballon d’Or.

The Reading-born striker is among the 15-strong shortlist for the inaugural women’s award.

Kirby, who attended John Madejski Academy in Whitley, became Reading’s first full-time professional four years ago before joining Chelsea for a record fee in summer 2015.

The 25-year-old completed a memorable double last season when she was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the Football Writers’ Women’s Footballer of the Year.

Kirby scored her 10th goal for England on Tuesday night in a 1-1 friendly draw with Australia at Craven Cottage.

Royals goalkeeper Mary Earps played the full 90 minutes for Phil Neville’s Lionesses, while Reading forward Fara Williams was an unused substitute.

Reading FC Women were without a game last weekend and return to action on Sunday, October 21 with a trip to Arsenal Women.