Manchester City, England and Team GB goalkeeper Karen Bardsley has announced she will retire at the end of the season at the age of 37.
Bardsley has played 82 times for England, appeared in seven major tournaments and has always featured for Team GB at the London Olympics.
“It was obviously quite a difficult decision for me to make, but after much deliberation and unfortunately being out of the field for quite a while now due to injury, I felt like the time was right. “Bardsley said. “As sad and strange as it is to walk away from something I’ve dedicated my entire young adult life to, it’s ultimately something I’m truly proud of and can honestly say, hand on heart, that I left no stone unturned and I have no regrets about how I applied myself and what I accomplished.
“I’m incredibly proud of my career, but at the end of the day, I’m really excited about what’s next and what’s to come in the future, and I’m just looking forward to giving back to the football community of good. other ways.”
Bardsley has been with City since 2013 and the club said they would honor him in their final home game of the season against Birmingham City on Wednesday.