Lionesses goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain announces her retirement

Siobhan Chamberlain retires
Photo: Kate Green for The FA

Siobhan Chamberlain, who was capped 50 times by England, has retired aged 37 after leaving Manchester United Women this summer.

Her honours gained include a World Cup bronze medal, second place in the Euros, helping Manchester United to the FA Women’s Championship title and Arsenal win the FA Women’s Cup, plus making the PFA FA WSL 1 Team of the Year on two occasions.

Chamberlain said in her blog: “Over a 20+ year career, I’ve missed family holidays, friends weddings, birthdays… just about everything possible. I’ve put my football ahead of important things like my education and work experiences, but the thought of sacrificing time with [daughter] Emilia as she grows, it felt like one sacrifice too far.”

She added: Whilst my playing days may now officially be over, I’m certainly not putting my feet up any time soon. I’m beginning a MA in Sporting Directorship in a few weeks time, as well as having some really exciting opportunities in the media.”

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