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Laura Bassett (born 2 August 1983) is an English international football defender. She is with FA WSL clubChelsea L.F.C., having previously played for Birmingham City L.F.C.Arsenal and Leeds Carnegie. Bassett has accrued over 30 caps for the England women's national football team since her debut in 2003, being part of the squad at UEFA Women's Euro 2009, the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and UEFA Women's Euro 2013.

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Club career[edit]Edit

Bassett grew up in Bulkington and joined Bedworth girls as a nine year old. At 14 she joined Coventry City and played in the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division while still a pupil at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College.[3] She then moved to Birmingham City and became captain,[4] while on a scholarship at the FAPlayer Development Centre at Loughborough University. She spent summer 2006 playing in the W-League withNew York Magic.[5]

Bassett left Birmingham for Arsenal in 2008.[6] She signed for Leeds Carnegie in October 2009[7] and helped the Yorkshire club win the Premier League Cup in February 2010.[8]

After Leeds' funding and FA WSL bid collapsed, Bassett spent a period without a club.[9] In October 2010 it was revealed that she had re-signed for Birmingham City.[10] In April 2012 Bassett was appointed as one of eight digital media ambassadors, one from each team, who wear their Twitter account name on their shirt sleeves to raise the profile of the WSL.[11] At the end of the 2013 season Bassett left Birmingham for Chelsea.[12]

International career[edit]Edit

Bassett represented England at youth level.[3][5] When she made her senior debut against Italy in February 2003,[13] she became the first Birmingham City Ladies player to play for England at full international level.[14]

In May 2009, Bassett was one of the first 17 female players to be given central contracts by The Football Association.[15] She made her FIFA Women's World Cup debut in July 2011, replacing Ellen White for the final minute of England's 2–0 group B win over Japan.[16]

International goals[edit]Edit

Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 July 2013 Arena LinköpingLinköpingSweden Spain 2–2 2–3 Euro 2013
2. 21 August 2014 Cardiff City StadiumCardiff Wales 4–0 4–0 2015 FIFA World Cup qualification
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