Laura Bassett

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Laura Bassett
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Bassett in 2017
Personal information
Full name Laura Bassett[1]
Date of birth (1983-08-02) 2 August 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Nuneaton, England[2]
Height 165 cm (5 ft 5 in)[3]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Notts County
Number 23
Youth career
1993–1997 Bedworth Girls
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Coventry City Ladies
2000–2008 Birmingham City Ladies
2006 New York Magic (loan)
2008–2009 Arsenal Ladies
2009–2010 Leeds United Ladies
2010–2013 Birmingham City Ladies 39 (0)
2014 Chelsea Ladies 13 (0)
2015– Notts County 0 (0)
National team
2003– England 51 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:36, 14 February 2015 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:15, 14 June 2015 (UTC)

Laura Bassett (born 2 August 1983) is an English international football defender. She is playing for FA WSL club Notts County, having previously played at the top level for Birmingham City (two separate spells), Arsenal, Leeds Carnegie and Chelsea. Bassett has accrued over 50 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, UEFA Women's Euro 2013 and the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Club career[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.[4] She then moved to Birmingham City and became captain,[5] 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.[6]

Bassett left Birmingham for Arsenal in 2008.[7] She signed for Leeds Carnegie in October 2009[8] and helped the Yorkshire club win the Premier League Cup in February 2010.[9]

After Leeds' funding and FA WSL bid collapsed, Bassett spent a period without a club.[10] In October 2010 it was revealed that she had re-signed for Birmingham City.[11] 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.[12] At the end of the 2013 season, club captain Bassett rejected Birmingham's offer of a new contract and joined Chelsea.[13]

With Bassett Chelsea finished as runners-up in the 2014 FA WSL, but she signed a three-year contract with Notts County ahead of the 2015 campaign.[14]

International career[edit]

Bassett represented England at youth level,[4][6] including at the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship. When she made her senior debut against Italy in February 2003,[15] she became the first Birmingham City Ladies player to play for England at full international level.[16]

In May 2009, Bassett was one of the first 17 female players to be given central contracts by The Football Association.[17] 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.[18]

Bassett scored a last-minute equaliser in England's opening UEFA Women's Euro 2013 match against Spain, but Karen Bardsley's injury time own goal gave the Spanish a 3–2 win.[19]

Under new coach Mark Sampson, Bassett started England's first game at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, a 1–0 defeat by France. She sustained a black eye after being elbowed in the face by Camille Abily, but the French player controversially escaped any punishment.[20] During added time in the semi-final match against Japan, Bassett lobbed the ball into England's goal while trying to clear it to prevent Japan from taking an open shot, resulting in a 2-1 defeat.[21]

International goals[edit]

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


  1. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™: List of Players: England" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Behind the scenes". 4 October 2008. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "List of Players - England" (PDF). FIFA. 8 June 2015. p. 10. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Michelle Wilson (18 May 2000). "Meet England's new centre-half – Laura Bassett; football". Coventry Evening Telegraph. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Laura works hard, plays hard!". Coventry Evening Telegraph. 18 March 2008. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Nordic squad for Norway". 22 June 2006. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Contenders: Bassett". 24 December 2008. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Leeds second after frantic finale". Leeds United Ladies. 28 October 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  9. ^ Tony Leighton (11 February 2010). "Leeds Carnegie lift first major trophy with defeat of Everton". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "England prepare for Austria". Women's Soccer Scene. 6 August 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "Hope names Peace Cup squad". 4 October 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  12. ^ "Women's Super League launches Twitter kit initiative to raise profile". BBC Sport. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Laura Bassett quits Birmingham to sign for Chelsea Ladies". BBC Sport. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "Notts County Ladies: Laura Bassett & Alex Greenwood join". BBC Sport. 6 January 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "Young England beaten by Italy". 25 February 2003. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  16. ^ "Club History". Birmingham City L.F.C. Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  17. ^ "England Women awarded contracts". BBC Sport. 14 May 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  18. ^ Jonathan Stevenson (5 July 2011). "Women's World Cup: England 2–0 Japan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  19. ^ Magowan, Alistair (12 July 2013). "England 2 3 Spain". Linkoping, Sweden: BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  20. ^ Taylor, Louise (11 June 2015). "Elbow incident leaves England's Laura Bassett bruised but unbowed". Moncton: The Guardian. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  21. ^ Callaghan, Shane. "Result: Last-gasp Laura Bassett own goal denies battling England". Sports Mole. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 

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