Posted on: Mon 27 Jan 2014

Name - Laura Bassett
Squad No - 23
Position - Defence
Height - 5'5"
DOB - 02/08/1983
Nationality - England
Previous clubs - Coventry City, Birmingham City, Arsenal, Leeds Carnegie, Birmingham City

Chelsea Ladies signed England international Laura Bassett in November 2013. She is a dependable defender who goes about her game with a quiet authority.

The 30-year-old defender made her international debut against Italy in February 2003, she became the first Birmingham City Ladies player to play for England at full international level.

In May 2009, Bassett was one of the first 17 female players to be given central contracts by the Football Association. 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.

Bassett has represented England on 33 occasions since her debut in 2003, being part of the squad at 2009 and 2013 European Championships as well as the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. Bassett scored for England in the Euro 2013 defeat to Spain.

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. She then moved to Birmingham City and became captain, while on a scholarship at the FA Player Development Centre at Loughborough University. She spent summer 2006 playing in the W-League with New York Magic.

Bassett left Birmingham for Arsenal in 2008, before moving on to Leeds Carnegie in October 2009 and helping the Yorkshire club win the Premier League Cup in February 2010. But after Leeds' funding and their FA WSL bid collapsed she re-signed for Birmingham City.

The England defender's second stint with Birmingham proved highly successful with Bassett helping the West Midlands outfit lift the 2012 FA Women's Cup as well as successive FA WSL and Continental Cup runners-up spots.