42: Nikita Parris
By her own admission, Parris is in the best form of her career. A haul of 20 league goals in the first 11 months of 2018 has taken her above Eni Aluko as the top scorer in the WSL’s history and she has become a regular starter under Phil Neville for England. Her goal in Wales helped England secure qualification for the 2019 World Cup and she continued her good form by setting up Fran Kirby’s winner in a recent friendly against Brazil. With pace to burn, Parris will continue to be a threat to any full-back.
Nick Cushing, Manchester City manager:
“Nikita is a very skilful attacker, her skill level and her ability to score goals, she’s shown that in the WSL, but I think her aggression and her hunger and her drive to want to win and to want to impose herself on the game is the real strength. She is a good attacking player with good technique and good skill level, but having that real hunger and that drive to apply that and impose herself on the game [is her greatest strength]. When Nikita is having a really good game she makes it really difficult for the opponents.”
Phil Neville, England head coach:
“Nikita is a top player. She has an infectious personality and is brilliant to have around the group. In November, she became the WSL’s all-time leading goal scorer and I know she can get even better. She’s certainly one to watch and I’m excited to see what she can bring to our World Cup campaign.”