The latest of our slightly reductive attempts to explain the skill of England’s women by comparing them to blokes they sort of play a bit like.
Twenty-six-year-old Arsenal winger Rachel Yankey played like Pennant-on-a-good-day before Pennant ever did â€“ sheâ€™s been bringing a bit of sparkle to the world of womenâ€™s football since the age of 16. In fact sheâ€™s played all over the world and was Englandâ€™s first professional footballer, before Al Fayed pulled the plug.
Sheâ€™s got pace, great ball control, vision and can cross the ball from either flank. Nowadays she’s at the all-conquering Arsenal team, and last year she received an MBE for services to football. Plus, she’s never had to play with an unsightly court-ordered tag under her sock. Bonus!
Georgina Turner writes for Kickster, Shiny Media’s brand new blog dedicated to women’s football