DREAM TEAM

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY -

LAU­REN DAVEY The Wat­ford keeper turned as­sis­tant coach chooses her favourite XI, made up from play­ers she played with in her football ca­reer Marie GOALKEEPERIHouri­han – ChelseaI have played with someers, but good she goal­keep-was my men­tor grow­ing whenup at I Wat­ford.was She goal­keeperis a re­ally and sol­ida great per­son­also gave and me leader.a few She tips for keep­ing your per­sonal space at corners – shout­ing in play­ers’ ears and things like that.

RIGHT-BACKI Lucy Bronze – Manch­ester City We played at the Un­der-17s World Cup to­gether and against Ja­pan she was phe­nom­e­nal – she was the dif­fer­ence, re­ally. She is strong, very de­ter­mined and just a nice girl. The World Cup has done won­ders for her, but you could al­ways see she had some­thing spe­cial.

LEFT-BACKI Claire Raf­ferty – Chelsea I went to univer­sity with her in Le­ices­ter. Tech­ni­cally she is very good with the ball at her feet. She’s been un­lucky with in­juries, but it’s so good to see her back. I was re­ally pleased that she went to the World Cup and did her bit there.

CEN­TRE-BACKSI Kerys Har­rop – Birm­ing­ham City I think she is one of the most un­der­rated play­ers in the league. She is so solid and or­gan­ised and a great leader. She does all the dirty work, but she’s good for a goal and can play at full-back. Gemma Bon­ner – Liver­pool I would like to have Gilly Fla­herty in there, but I’ll go for Gemma, purely for lead­er­ship. She is so solid and just makes ev­ery­one else on the pitch feel so con­fi­dent. When she used to play in front of me I knew there’d be no dodgy back-passes and she’d al­ways be there to back me up. CENTRALI MIDFIELDERSI Jor­dan Nobbs – Ar­se­nal The best English player, tech­ni­cally, I have ever played with. She was in the Eng­land Un­der-17s at 15 – the youngest there – but didn’t look out of place. She is the per­son that tells ev­ery­one else what to do and makes it look easy her­self. She will be Eng­land’s best player in a cou­ple of years. Cally Row­ell – Wat­ford She played for us at Wat­ford for the last two years, but is cur­rently out with her sec­ond or third ACL. I de­scribe her as Paul Sc­holes – I have never seen any­one strike a ball like her and her pass­ing is bril­liant. She is very tech­ni­cally gifted and is the dream an­chor in mid­field.

RIGHTIWINGI Sarah Wilt­shire – Yeovil I have played with her since I was young and she is my best mate. She can score a goal from any­thing, she has got a great right and left foot and she is a hand­ful to play against. She is ac­tu­ally go­ing to be my maid of hon­our next sum­mer and I’m hers – she’s get­ting mar­ried next year too.

LEFTIWINGI Danielle Carter – Ar­se­nal She is my neme­sis in that she would al­ways score against me – she was just one of those play­ers. She is also one of those re­ally good char­ac­ters and she works hard for the team. You never have to worry about Dan not track­ing back.

ATTACKINGI

MIDFIELDERI

Fran Kirby – Chelsea Fran is al­ways good for a goal – al­ways. When­ever we played Read­ing she was the player we knew we needed to stop. She is so down-to-earth, works hard, gets her head down and is get­ting the re­wards for it.

STRIKERI Toni Dug­gan – Manch­ester City I played with Toni a lit­tle bit for the Eng­land Un­der-17s, but mainly with the 19s and 23s. You could just see that she was head­ing for big things and she is do­ing re­ally well at the mo­ment, scor­ing some ab­so­lute scream­ers.

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