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US woman footballer Alex Morgan alongside Lionel Messi on Fifa 16 front cover

Football video game Fifa 16 will have a female footballer on the front cover for the first time in the game's history.

World Cup winner Alex Morgan will appear on the front cover of the US version alongside Lionel Messi as the game embraces women's football. The Canadian copy of the game will feature Canada's national team captain, Christine Sinclair.

In May EA Sports, the game's creator, announced that Fifa 16 will offer the option of playing with women's national teams but club sides will not be included.

Morgan, who plays as a striker for the US national team and the Portland Thorns, said: "I know people all over the world play this game and I'm really excited that FIFA 16 is putting such an important spotlight on women's soccer. And now to share the cover with today's greatest player is surreal."

In the UK version Messi will be joined by newly-appointed Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson after he won a public vote, beating off competition from Tottenham striker Harry Kane. Despite finishing third at the Women's World Cup none of the England team were included in the vote.

Fifa 16 is released on September 25 in the UK.

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