The for­mer Arse­nal, Eng­land and Bos­ton Break­ers right-back picks the best play­ers she shared a pitch with dur­ing a dec­o­rated ca­reer

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LUCY BRONZE “I was Eng­land’s right-back for 10 years, and for a long time I didn’t no­tice any­one knock­ing on the door look­ing to take my place. Then Lucy came along and I was like, ‘This kid has got it’. I hon­estly think she’s the best right-back in the women’s game at the mo­ment – and we’re lucky she’s English! She’s so ath­letic, and has the abil­ity to get up and down the pitch to score cru­cial goals. Lucy’s got a great men­tal­ity, too. She didn’t just want to be Eng­land’s best right-back – she wanted to be the best in the world. You’d hope that ev­ery foot­baller has that men­tal­ity, but un­for­tu­nately they don’t.”

CRISTIANE “She’s played at four World Cups and four Olympics but sadly didn’t quite win any of them. She’s al­ways looked in­cred­i­ble, though, per­form­ing nut­megs, stepovers and all the tricks that you’d ex­pect from a Brazil­ian winger. Did she nut­meg me? Def­i­nitely not, but I rel­ished the bat­tles against play­ers like her.”

MARTA “Marta’s been named FIFA World Player of the Year on five oc­ca­sions so it’s safe to say she al­ways stood out! She’s al­most like a freestyler, though she’ll show off her skills on the pitch at World Cups. She doesn’t seem the fastest, but when she runs with the ball you can’t catch her – she’ll breeze past six op­po­nents, flick­ing it over their heads and do­ing all sorts of stepovers be­fore scor­ing. There weren’t many peo­ple do­ing that in the women’s game un­til Marta came along.”

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