England Woman Kelly Smith retires from international football
England’s women football star forward Kelly Smith has announced retirement just ahead of 2015 FIFA world cup. Smith served England international football for almost 20 years with her great skills and passion for game. Tuesday 3 February, she declared her retirement by saying that it’s perfect time for her to announce retirement.
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Kelly Smith said, “Playing for England has been such an important part of my life for so long, but I feel now is the right time for me to retire. I’m at a different stage in my life now, I am focusing on coaching and working my way up to get my licences and stay involved in football that way, along with playing for Arsenal.”
Smith will continue to play club football and will be associated with Arsenal. She started to play for England in 1995 and Kelly has accepted that game has been changed a lot. Especially for women’s.
“Women’s football has changed so much since I started playing and I am proud to have been a part of that. I’m quite sad because it’s been a major part of my life for 20 years, but I’m relieved as well because it’s taken me two or three months to make this decision. I feel like it’s the right one for me moving forward,” she added.
On Kelly Smith’s retirement England head coach Mark Samson has said that Kelly is one of the best players for England women’s ever had. She was superb on the ground and contributed a lot for English side.
Mark Sampson said, “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.”
England captain Steph Houghton also declared that Kelly Smith is England’s best player. She said, “I consider Kelly Smith to be England’s best-ever player and feel honoured to have had her as a team-mate.”