Chelsea and England legend Karen Carney has announced her retirement from the game at the age of 31.
The Birmingham-born winger will officially hang up her boots after the Lionesses’ FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 third place decider against Sweden in Nice this afternoon.
Carney, who has enjoyed a successful 18-year senior playing career in the game, announced her decision to retire through various media sources on Friday including Chelsea’s official website.
The player started her career in the youth ranks at Birmingham City, the club which she supported as a young girl. Carney went on to represent the Blues at senior level, making her debut at the age of just 14. A two-and-a-half-year spell with Arsenal followed where she won several trophies including the UEFA Women’s Cup before Carney spent a year in the United States with Chicago Red Stars.
In 2011, The Red Stars folded and Carney opted to return to Birmingham City. The winger was a Women’s FA Cup winner with the Blues in 2012 when they defeated Chelsea, a side where she would later end her career, in the final on penalty kicks at Ashton Gate.
That move to South West London came two-and-a-half years later and Carney has since gone on to be a huge success with The Blues. The player has won two league titles and two Women’s FA Cups with the club along with the 2017 FA Women’s Super League 1 Spring Series.
Carney could collect her 144th and final senior international cap for the Lionesses this afternoon when England end their FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 campaign against Sweden, a side which could include Chelsea teammates Hedvig Lindahl, Magda Eriksson and Jonna Andersson.