The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

DANIELLE CARTER – The Ar­se­nal for­ward chooses her favourite XI, made up from play­ers she has played with in her football ca­reer.

GOAL­KEEPER Emma Byrne – Ar­se­nal

She’s a part of the fur­ni­ture at Ar­se­nal. She’s been here now for 15 years and is still a bril­liant goal­keeper. She’s def­i­nitely not calm on the pitch – she’s a nutjob ac­tu­ally! She’ll have no prob­lem putting you in your place.

RIGHT BACK Lucy Bronze – Manch­ester City

I’ve played with her in Eng­land youth groups and she’s not only the best in the coun­try now, she’s prob­a­bly one of the best in the world. She’s got a bril­liant en­gine, is a very good crosser of the ball and has a hell of a shot on her.

CEN­TRE BACKS Gilly Fla­herty – Chelsea

At Ar­se­nal she wore her heart on her sleeve – she’d go in full-blooded for tack­les at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity. It’s not a sur­prise to see how well she’s do­ing at Chelsea. The kind of player you love on your side.

Steph Houghton – Manch­ester City

The com­plete cap­tain. She al­ways has that pro­fes­sion­al­ism about her and can bring the best out in oth­ers just by the ex­am­ples she sets. Though she shot to fame at the World Cup, ev­ery­one in the game knows just how good she’s been for a long time.

LEFT BACK Leah Wil­liamson – Ar­se­nal

She’s played in ev­ery pos­si­ble po­si­tion for us. Though cen­tre mid­field is her favoured role, she proved she can play at left-back very well last sea­son. She’s only 18 but makes her­self heard in the dress­ing room and has gone from strength to strength.

CEN­TRAL MID­FIELD­ERS Jor­dan Nobbs – Ar­se­nal

Jor­dan is al­ways har­ing up and down the pitch and de­spite still be­ing so young (22), she’s proved that she’s a born leader as well. She’s got that belief in her own abil­ity and what she can do on the field.

Kim Lit­tle – Seat­tle Reign

She’d do things you never thought were pos­si­ble. Her tech­nique is un­be­liev­able and she’s a gen­uine world-class player. And the thing about her is that she’d al­ways de­liver – the big­ger stage, the bet­ter she’d per­form for us at Ar­se­nal. It’s hard to be­lieve that she’s still only 25.

Katie Chap­man – Chelsea

A beast on the field. I’d go as far as to say she’s like a Rot­tweiler! It’s never a 50/50 for her, she’d make it at least 70/30 be­cause more of­ten than not she was com­ing out with the ball. She makes it count in ev­ery game.

RIGHT WING Gemma Dav­i­son – Chelsea

She’s def­i­nitely the best at what she does in Eng­land on the wing. She’s got so much pace and an eye for goal. She’s been around for so long and doesn’t get the credit she de­serves.

LEFT WING Rachel Yankey – Ar­se­nal

Like Emma Byrne, you have to ap­pre­ci­ate ex­actly how long she has per­formed at the high­est level. When I was just start­ing and first walked into the dress­ing room, you’re sud­denly with a player you’ve ad­mired for so long and I owe her a lot since then.


Ellen White – Notts

County One of the big­gest in­flu­ences when I was com­ing through at Ar­se­nal, al­ways happy to give ad­vice. She’s usu­ally one step ahead on the field – her move­ment is fan­tas­tic – and she’s bat­tled back from a se­ri­ous in­jury to show what she can do at Notts.

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