Rachel Daly has announced her retirement from international football

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Rachel Daly’s 84th cap for England last night against Republic of Ireland is to be her last as she announces her international retirement.

She played at two World Cups, was a European champion and scored times for her country.

Daly told englandfootball.com: “I would love nothing more than to play for England forever, but the time has come for me to hang my boots up on the international stage,”

“While today is an extremely difficult day for me, it is also one filled with reflection and immense gratitude. Playing for and representing England has been the greatest honour.

“Winning the EUROs and then reaching the World Cup Final changed a lot for me, not only as a footballer but as a person. I’m so fortunate that I’ve been able to share that with so many remarkable people throughout my journey.”

England head coach Sarina Wiegman said: “Rachel has been an incredible part of our story and the history we’ve made together. It has been a privilege to work with her.

“I have never worked with a player so versatile, always with a smile on her face, bringing energy and trying to do her best for the team.”

Kay Cossington, the FA women’s technical director, said: “It is really hard to put Rachel’s contribution to the Lionesses into words. She is a phenomenal individual who has been a huge asset to the England team, on and off the pitch.

“She’s put her heart and soul into every game, playing not only for the badge but playing for every little girl who loves the sport. She’s said that the place will be quieter without her but I actually think it won’t be the same without her. Her talent and charisma will be sorely missed by players and staff.”

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