KERYS HAR­ROP – The Birm­ing­ham de­fender chooses her favourite XI, made up from play­ers she has played with in her football ca­reer.

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GOALKEEPERI Re­becca Spencer – Birm­ing­ham City She’s re­li­able and good with her feet, which is a ma­jor bonus be­cause there are not too many that are. As a de­fender, it’s re­as­sur­ing to know Re­becca is be­hind me and she is a great girl off the pitch too.

RIGHT-BACKI Chelsea We­ston – Birm­ing­ham City Chelsea re­ally gets stuck in and is in­cred­i­bly de­ter­mined. She must be a night­mare for a winger to play against. She’s a re­ally tough tack­ler and a top class full-back.

CEN­TRE-BACKSI Lucy Bronze – Manch­ester City I was in the same team as Lucy when we won the Euro­pean Un­der19s Cham­pi­onships with Eng­land in 2009 and we didn’t con­cede a goal through­out the fi­nals, or in qual­i­fy­ing. I think Lucy is the best de­fender in Eng­land and one of the best in the world. Laura Bas­sett – Notts County I played along­side Laura at Birm­ing­ham be­fore she moved to Notts County. What al­ways struck me about her was how calm and com­fort­able she was in pos­ses­sion. Laura is a real leader too and although she has had a great year I think there is even more to come from her.

LEFT-BACKI Jess Carter – Birm­ing­ham City Like Chelsea, Jess re­ally gets stuck in. But as much as she boasts qual­i­ties like de­ter­mi­na­tion, I don’t think she re­alises quite how good a foot­baller she is too. Jess is an as­set to any team. CENTRALI MIDFIELDERSI Jade Moore – Birm­ing­ham City Jade pro­vides the shield to our de­fence. She’s a hard worker and never shies away from a tackle. But since the World Cup she has come back a dif­fer­ent player, in train­ing she’s try­ing tricks and all sorts of skill. I think she spent too much time with Toni Dug­gan! Heather Scheuber – Re­tired Heather was with us at Birm­ing­ham when we first started in the WSL. She was tech­ni­cally ex­cel­lent and very skil­ful. She’s a good laugh off the pitch as well, we’re still good friends. Jor­dan Nobbs – Ar­se­nal Jor­dan’s ath­leti­cism is prob­a­bly her out­stand­ing qual­ity. She goes up and down the pitch and cov­ers as much ground as any­one over 90 min­utes. Her tech­ni­cal abil­ity is very good too and she is a very im­por­tant part of Ar­se­nal’s mid­field.

FORWARDI Jodie Tay­lor – Port­land Thorns I played with Jodie at Birm­ing­ham and her move­ment was un­be­liev­able. She was so dif­fi­cult to mark, even in train­ing. She’s an out-and-out striker, the sort of player that is be­com­ing a rar­ity, but if you have one in your squad it is a mas­sive bonus. She waited so long for her chance with Eng­land and you could see what it meant to her to be play­ing when she cried in her TV in­ter­view af­ter scor­ing at the World Cup. I was so happy for her.

FORWARDI Karen Car­ney – Birm­ing­ham City A Blues girl through and through. Karen is a leader and ex­actly the sort of player you want in your squad when you are in a po­si­tion in the league like we are. She has bags of skill and is ca­pa­ble of win­ning a game on her own.

FORWARDI Toni Dug­gan – Manch­ester City From a young age Toni stood out and she has been in in­cred­i­ble form this sea­son. Some of the goals she has scored have been spec­tac­u­lar, she’s hav­ing her own goal of the sea­son com­pe­ti­tion. Off the pitch she knows how to have fun and will al­ways put a smile on your face.

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