DREAM TEAM

BETH ENG­LAND – The Don­caster Belles midfielder chooses her favourite XI, made up from play­ers she has played with in her football ca­reer.

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GOALKEEPERI

Ni­cola Hobbs – Don­caster Belles I’m go­ing to be a bit bi­ased here and put Ni­cola in. Ob­vi­ously I play with her at the mo­ment, and she’s a great keeper. There are games where she hardly has to do any­thing for us, but then when she is called upon she’s al­ways ready. She’s got great dis­tri­bu­tion, great re­ac­tions, fast hands, and she’s just re­ally good all round.

RIGHT-BACKI

Lyn­d­sey Cun­ning­ham – Don­caster Belles Her over­lap­ping runs are great and she re­ally can move the ball well. She’s strong in the tackle and when­ever you play in front of her on the right side of mid­field she is al­ways talk­ing to you, so her com­mu­ni­ca­tion is out­stand­ing.

CEN­TRE-BACKSI

Amy Turner – Notts County She’s an ab­so­lute tank. She’s so solid at the back and will put her body on the line in any tackle. Amy is just a ma­chine for me and you al­ways feel safe play­ing in front of a player like her. I’ve played with her sis­ter as well, Lucy Turner, and she is another good foot­baller. Le­an­dra Lit­tle – Don­caster Belles She is ab­so­lutely rapid and I’ve never met any­one else who can beat Le­an­dra in a sprint, which is a bril­liant qual­ity to have in a cen­tre-back – most of them turn like buses. Ob­vi­ously she’s good in the air too given how tall she is, and she’s another who is not afraid to put her body on the line.

LEFT-BACKI

Alex Greenwood – Notts County I played with her for Eng­land in the Un­der19s and Un­der-23s and she reads the game very well. Her fit­ness is un­be­liev­able as well, as she gets up and down that wing mak­ing over­lap­ping runs all game long. Has great vi­sion and is very good at set-pieces.

CENTRALI MIDFIELDERSI

Vicky Exley – Re­tired I played with Vicky when I first joined the Belles and she played for Eng­land back then. I’ve never met a more solid midfielder; the op­po­si­tion were scared to go near her. She was some­one I learned a lot from when I started here. She was a bit of role model for me. Lucy Stan­i­forth – Liver­pool Lucy is very tal­ented and I’ve played with her for the Eng­land Un­der-23s. I’d have her in there as she’d com­pli­ment Vicky well. She doesn’t shy out of tack­les in the mid­dle of the park, and she’s very aware of the play­ers around her. Ka­sia Lipka – Don­caster Belles She will run and run non-stop. De­fend­ing, Ka­sia is al­ways there and in counter-at­tacks she’s bril­liant at look­ing to get the ball for­wards quickly, so she’s a very handy player to have in mid­field. She’s been re­ally im­por­tant for us this year.

FORWARDI

Nikita Par­ris – Manch­ester City I’d def­i­nitely have her in my front three as she brings loads of pace and she’s great at scor­ing goals. She moves her op­po­si­tion around a lot and can cre­ate chances for the girls in mid­field and in terms of goalscor­ing she’s a great as­set to have.

FORWARDI

Court­ney Sweet­man-Kirk – Don­caster Belles She’s scor­ing loads at the mo­ment, and that’s not be­cause she’s in-form but be­cause she has a gen­uine eye for goal. She can hit the back of the net from any an­gle at all.

FORWARDI

Beth Mead – Sun­der­land Hav­ing played with her for Eng­land I’d say pace-wise she is ab­so­lutely un­be­liev­able. She’s a fan­tas­tic all round ath­lete and as a striker I know for a fact she is some­one no-one likes to play against.

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