DREAM TEAM

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CARLY TELFORD – The Notts County and Eng­land goal­keeper chooses her favourite XI, made up from play­ers she has played with in her ca­reer.

GOALKEEPERI Rachel Brown-Fin­nis – Re­tired

Brownie was al­ways the keeper that I looked up to when I was start­ing out and then when we were in the same Eng­land squad. If I could get close to the level she got to when she was at her peak I would be very proud.

RIGHT-BACKI Lucy Bronze – Manch­ester City

Lucy is head­ing to­wards be­ing one of the best right-backs in the world. She had a tough time with in­juries for two or three years, but she fought so hard to get back and it’s re­ally nice to see how well she’s do­ing – it’s one of the best sto­ries in the sport.

CEN­TRE-BACKSI Laura Bas­sett – Notts County

Ever since I played with her at Leeds I’ve tried to get ev­ery boss since to sign her if we’ve needed a cen­tre-back. In the World Cup she showed how good she is and what a leader for the de­fence she can be when given a chance.

Steph Houghton – Manch­ester City

We’ve played to­gether from a young age in the Eng­land sys­tem and she’s shown her class for the Lionesses. She’s still got lots of time on her side and is only go­ing to grow as a player and a leader in a very strong Eng­land back line.

LEFT-BACKI Claire Raf­ferty – Chelsea

I’ve played with Rachel Unitt for Notts County and Eng­land and she’s an amaz­ing player but I think I’ll have to go for Raff af­ter her World Cup. She kept some of the best play­ers in the world quiet. She’s also a great char­ac­ter to have in the team.

RIGHT MIDFIELDI Karen Car­ney – Birm­ing­ham

Karen can change a game in an in­stant – she’s called the wiz­ard for a rea­son and proved how vi­tal she was com­ing on for Eng­land over in Canada.

CENTRALI MIDFIELDERSI

Jill Scott – Ar­se­nal

She’s got so much energy and en­thu­si­asm, and a few tricks up her sleeve. She’s also a great team player and gives her all to cover as much of the pitch as pos­si­ble, which we saw in the World Cup.

Kelly Smith – Ar­se­nal

Kelly is easily one of Eng­land’s best-ever play­ers. She was great to play along­side and her tech­ni­cal abil­ity was fan­tas­tic, es­pe­cially when drop­ping into mid­field. I would much rather play with her than against her, given her shoot­ing abil­ity.

LEFT MIDFIELDI Eniola Aluko – Chelsea

On her day she is pretty much un­playable with her speed. She’s do­ing very well, but it’s her work rate that is as im­pres­sive as her scor­ing. I’m not sure we would’ve seen that from her even 18 months ago, but now she’s ev­ery­where – I think I saw her crop up at full-back in the FA Cup Fi­nal!

STRIKERSI Toni Dug­gan – Manch­ester City

She’s ab­so­lutely fly­ing at the mo­ment. I think she was a bit dis­ap­pointed with her World Cup and not scor­ing, but she’s come back in style. We’re play­ing Man City soon and I’ve told her to get those won­der strikes out of the way be­fore she plays us.

Jodie Tay­lor – Port­land Thorns

I grew up along­side her and then played against her when I spent some time in Aus­tralia – I was at Perth Glory and she was at Mel­bourne Vic­tory. We kept in touch when she had a dif­fi­cult time out of the Eng­land team but she just needed the chance to show how good she is – she got it in the World Cup.

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