Nikita Parris (ENG)

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Nikita Parris (ENG)
@nikitaparris17

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