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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.
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.