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  • 04 February 2015 00:00
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A Legend hangs up her boots

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A Legend hangs up her boots

England Women’s top goal Scorer retires from International competition.

Kelly Smith has announced her retirement from international football. The Arsenal Ladies captain represented England 117 times during her international career, playing at the 2007 and 2011 World Cups and at four European Championships as well as for Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics. 
The 36 year old forward made her England debut against Italy in November 1995 and has since left her mark on the women’s game. England head coach Mark Sampson, who is preparing his team for the 2015 Women’s FIFA World Cup in Canada this summer commented: 

"Kelly will be remembered as one of the iconic players in the history of the women's international game. The term world class is often overused but, when looking back over Kelly's international career, she has consistently shown on the biggest stage she was without a doubt one of the greatest ever players."

Kelly has created a legacy both on and off the field. With more females getting involved in the game Kelly has become a role model that many girls look up to. Smith has faced a number of injuries in her international playing career that has spanned 20 years influencing her decision to retire from the international game. Kelly said: 

"For me, it doesn't get any better than playing for your country. I feel exceptionally proud and honoured to have played for England for 20 wonderful years. I have enjoyed every single minute of representing my country and wearing the England shirt. The memories will stay with me all my life.
Kelly will continue to play for Arsenal Ladies in the Women’s Super League and hopes to continue to inspire the female football stars of the future in her coaching roles. 

It is great to recognise the achievements of Kelly Smith in hope that it will inspire the next generation of female footballers in light of the recent This Girl Can campaign.

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