BETH MEAD – The Sun­der­land striker chooses her favourite XI, made up from play­ers she has played with in her football ca­reer.

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GOALKEEPERI Rachael Laws – Sun­der­land

She’s in the Eng­land set-up and though she’s been in­jured re­cently she’s back to fit­ness and show­ing her class with us. She’s a big char­ac­ter as our vice-cap­tain and she keeps ev­ery­one in line at the back.

RIGHT BACKI Martha Harris – Liver­pool

I’ve played with Martha a few times in the Eng­land U23s, and we were also part of the U20 World Cup squad last year. She’s very quick and does the sim­ple things so ef­fec­tively. She’s bub­bly and there’s al­ways a bit of ban­ter be­tween us.

CEN­TRE BACKSI Steph Ban­non – Sun­der­land

She’s one of those play­ers who you never see put a foot wrong, a great leader for us and one of the main rea­sons why we’re do­ing so well this year. On and off the pitch you do not want to cross her!

Satara Mur­ray – Liver­pool

She’s re­ally hard to play against, an ab­so­lute tank – play­ers just seem to bounce off her. Her pace and phys­i­cal­ity make her a night­mare re­ally, you strug­gle to find your way around her as a striker.

LEFT BACKI Alex Greenwood – Notts County

She’s got a wand of a left foot, is tech­ni­cally a very ac­com­plished player and starred for Eng­land at the World Cup. You don’t get much change out of her and she’s got a clever foot­balling brain, too.

RIGHTIWINGI Jess Sigsworth – Notts County

She moved to Notts County from Don­caster over the win­ter and she’s not cur­rently play­ing much, but hav­ing played with her for Eng­land she’s one of the quick­est play­ers I’ve seen. She’s in the mould of a Gemma Dav­i­son, who can run at you at with amaz­ing speed. We’ve been play­ing to­gether since we were 14.

CENTRALI MIDFIELDERSI Rachel Fur­ness – Sun­der­land

She’s al­ways there to break up play and prob­a­bly has the best aerial abil­ity of any player I’ve come across. She’s also very vo­cal and is one of those play­ers you’re grate­ful to have be­hind you as a striker.

Sherry McCue – As­ton Villa

She’s a very un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated player and al­ways does the nitty-gritty for you that no one else wants to do. With the Eng­land U23s, she did much the same role as Jade (Moore) does for the se­nior side. She’s a play­ers’ player – she may not get the plau­dits but on the pitch you’re al­ways thank­ful for her.

LEFTIWINGI Melissa Law­ley – Birm­ing­ham City

Like Jess, she’s amaz­ingly quick and you need two wingers like that. She’s hard to get near when she’s in full pelt. Though Birm­ing­ham haven’t been do­ing very well this year, she seems to be the stand­out in a lot of their games.

STRIKERSI Nikita Par­ris – Manch­ester City

I played with her for many years and she cer­tainly knows where the back of the net is. She al­ways gets in the right po­si­tions. It wouldn’t sur­prise me if she gets her first Eng­land cap soon – she’s be­ing do­ing very well for Manch­ester City.

Danielle Carter – Ar­se­nal

She’s a lit­tle bit older than me and in the Eng­land set-up she was al­ways a player I as­pired to be like – you’d watch her up close and think ‘that’s the level I need to get to’. She is very quick and now she’s got that bit of ex­pe­ri­ence she’ll go from strength to strength.

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