Aston Villa Women’s former England international defender Anita Asante is to retire at the end of the season.
The 36-year-old spent two years with Villa, with previous clubs including Arsenal and Chelsea, while spells abroad came in Sweden and the US.
Asante has over 70 caps for England, played in two FIFA World Cups and three Euros and also represented Team GB at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Asante told avfc.co.uk: “The last two seasons with Villa has been a great experience, and to be part of supporting the next generation of players . It’s great to have a historic and massive club like Villa in the Midlands and it has a very ambitious future, and I know they will inspire many young girls to play football and enjoy the highs of the game that I have been so fortunate to experience.”
“I’m really excited about what the future holds, and I hope to continue play a positive and impactful part in the growth of the women’s game on the other side of the lines, be it in the media and in club management.”