Three former Lionesses retire

England's Jodie Taylor retitres
England’s Jodie Taylor. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Former Lionesses, Jodie Taylor, Abbie McManus and Natasha Dowie have all announced their retirement from football in recent days.

The 37-year-old represented the Lionesses 51 times and scored 19 goals, during an international career which saw her feature at FIFA Women’s World Cups in 2015 and 2019 as well as UEFA Women’s EURO 2017.

She became the first England women’s player to score three goals in a game at a major tournament, hitting a hat-trick against Scotland at the EUROs in the Netherlands.

At club level, Taylor played in the USA, Canada, Australia, Sweden and France, where she won the UEFA Champions League with Lyon. She also won the Women’s FA Cup while with Birmingham City.

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Natasha Dowie in action for Liverpool. (Natalie Mincher/SPP)

Natasha Dowie scored five times in 14 appearances for England and finished her club career on loan at Liverpool, for whom she was all-time top goalscorer following a prolific spell from 2012 to 2015, where she got 46 goals in 67 games.

The 35-year-old lifted the WSL title twice during her time with the Reds and had spells at Everton, Melbourne Victory, Doncaster Rovers Belles, Boston Breakers, Linkoping, Valerenga, AC Milan and Reading.

Dowie will now become Liverpool FC Women’s ambassador, working closely with the girls’ ProGame Academy, boys’ Academy and the LFC Foundation girls’ programmes among other roles.

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Abbie McManus during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup 3rd Place Match. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Abbie McManus has called time on her playing career aged 30, following a broken leg sustained while playing for Leicester City in January.

She played 18 times for England, helping them win the SheBelieves Cup for the first time and also reach the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2019.

McManus clocked up 127 appearances for Manchester City, helping them win the FA Cup twice and WSL, before going on to appear for Manchester United and on-loan at Spurs.

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