England legend Kelly Smith announces retirement from football
England and Arsenal Ladies legend Kelly Smith has today announced her retirement from football.
One of the most recognisable names in the world of women’s football, Kelly Smith is hanging up her boots. Smith is England’s all-time top goalscorer with 46 goals, she earned 117 caps for her country and was part of the Team GB women’s football squad at the London 2012 Olympics.
At club level, she became Britain’s first female professional footballer after joining American side New Jersey in 1999. With Arsenal Ladies, she has won five FA Cups and the UEFA Cup (now known as Champions League) in 2006-07.
It’s been an amazing journey but now it’s time for a new chapter in my life. https://t.co/Er7XMUFZIU
— Kelly Smith MBE (@kelly_smith10) January 11, 2017
Kelly Smith, ended her international career in 2015, after playing in two World Cups and four European Championships.
During the 2009 European Championship in Finland, Kelly Smith scored a wonder goal!
In 2008, Kelly was awarded an MBE for services to football, other individual awards include winning the FA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007 and finishing third in Fifa Women’s World Player of the Year in 2009.
She came third in Fifa Women’s World Player of the Year in 2009 – one of four occasions she finished in the top five for the award.
To Kelly Smith – You are one of the greatest players to have played the game, we thank you for your amazing contribution and for being such an inspiration, we wish you all the best for your new chapter.
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