Nikita Parris (ENG)
Pacey, direct and full of tenacity, England forward Nikita Parris thanks growing up in the Liverpool inner city suburb of Toxteth for making her the player she is today. A graduate of Liverpool John Moores University, Nikita set up the NP17 academy to help girls from deprived regions of the city get into football.
Coming from a family of Liverpool fans, when Nikita signed for Everton she always wore a red top under her shirt to ensure blue never got close to her heart. Indeed, sporting prowess runs in the family for Nikita, as half-sister Natasha is a professional boxer. Parris will be hoping to put on a knockout performance at what will be her first World Cup this summer.
Illustration by Dave Flanagan