Former Lionesses centurion Karen Carney has been inducted into the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame.
The honour was given “in recognition of her outstanding football career, her involvement in advancing women’s football and her overall contribution to the game on and off the field,” said the NFM.
The induction came as a surprise to Carney, who had been taken to Wembley Stadium unaware that family, friends and former team-mates were waiting for her there.
Now a successful sports journalist, Carney’s international playing career featured 144 caps and 32 goals for England, third place at the 2015 World Cup, runner-up at the 2009 Euros and playing all Team GB’s games at the 2012 Olympics.
Club-wise she gained a UEFA Women’s Cup winners medal with Arsenal, an FA WSL title with Chelsea, was five times an FA Cup winner and three times an FA Women’s Premier League National Division champion, also lifting the Premier League Cup in the Gunners’ quadruple-winning campaign of 2006/7.
Carney was inducted into Birmingham City’s Hall of Fame in 2015, having had two spells and one FA Cup success with the club for whom she made her debut aged just 14.
She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to football in 2017 and retired from playing in the summer of 2019.