Goalkeeper Beth Storry – England & GB
I could’ve easily chosen Maddie Hinch or Abi Walker, but Beth was the best shot-stopper in the world in 2008-2010, in particular. She bowed out in style after the London 2012 Olympics.
Full-back Kate RichardsonWalsh – England & GB
Everyone knows that Kate is a great captain, but it is her incredible range of passing, ballwinning skills and her underrated ability to break a line on the ball at the right moment make her an easy pick. A brilliant leader and always demanded the highest standards in training.
Centre-backs Laura Unsworth – Leicester, England & GB
Unsy has developed into a world-class defender over the last few years. She has two Olympic medals under her belt now, but she does not need those to prove how good she is. She is tenacious, technically brilliant, and makes those around her look good.
Eva de Goede – SV Kampong
Eva breaks lines effortlessly at speed and has a great engine. I think she’s underrated as a deep midfielder at world level, but she’s at the back in my team. She has been quietly crucial to the Dutch team for almost a decade.
Full-back Emily Gaddum – Central, NZ
Em is the most-capped female Blackstick ever, and for good reason. She is a great tackler, she rarely makes a mistake, and has an uncanny ability to read the game. She always seems to be in the right place.
Right-midfield Sarah Thomas – Great Britain
Sarah had just an incredible capacity to do skills at high speed and make defenders look silly. She could run all day long, and pulled a few brilliant goals out of the bag too at international level.
Helen RichardsonWalsh – Leicester, England & GB Hels is probably the best player I’ve ever played with. She makes the game look easy, and always seems to have so much time on the ball. She’s also ice-cool under pressure and raises her game when it counts the most in the big international tournaments.
Kayla Whitlock – Central, NZ I loved playing alongside Kayla in the NHL in New Zealand. She made difficult skills look effortless, and she is a go-to player in any team she plays in.
Chloe Rogers – Leicester, England & GB Chloe seemed to glide past defenders like they weren’t there and hit the ball really hard effortlessly. I’ll always remember her penalty stroke for a bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealths, when we were rookies in the England team.
Sarah Haycroft – Surbiton, England and GB Crofty won’t thank me for putting her up front, but she’s going there because she brilliant at eliminating and passing on the move. So that makes her threatening and creative in attack. She’s easy to link with and I enjoy playing alongside her.
Julia King – Surbiton Jules makes hockey look effortless and is always so composed on the ball in frantic and often high-pressure game situations. Her backhand hit is outrageously good, and it feels like we have a telepathic understanding playing together and it’s and always good fun.