Kelly Smith has been named the fifth best female player in the world.

For the third time in her career Brazilian maestro Marta came first while German striker Birgit Prinz came second.

Smith was the only English player in the top 10 for the points-based award voted for by the players and managers.

By finishing fifth, the striker equalled her previous-best standing from 2006 in the same poll.

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