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Wales star Jayne Ludlow has called time on her international career.
Midfielder Jayne won 61 senior caps for Wales in an international career that began against the Republic of Ireland in 1995-96 (at the age of 17 years and 49 days) and ended a month ago against Scotland at Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli, in the crucial Euro Championship qualifier that Wales lost 2-1.
She scored 19 international goals, leaving her second in the all time goalscorers list behind Helen Lander (24 goals). She captained the team on 38 occasions with 17 wins, 5 draws and 16 defeats. Her caps total leaves her in fourth place in the all time list, behind Michelle Green (75), Cheryl Foster (63) and Emma Jones (63).
Rhondda-born in Treherbert, Jayne is best known for her service with Arsenal - she has won all the honours open to her with the club and as an individual footballer. She played her early club football with Barry Town and then had spells with Millwall Lionesses and Southampton Saints, as well as a short spell in the USA on loan to New York Magic.
Wales manager, Jarmo Matikainen said of Jayne: "She has been the most successful player that Wales has ever had. Her contribution to the team has been very important down the years. A captain and a leader, she has made a great input into the team and we will miss her.
"I would personally like to thank her for the great co-operation she has given when working with myself and the other members of the technical staff."
The FAW will look for a suitable occasion in the future to invite Jayne to a match to present her with her 'Golden Cap' which is awarded to all players who have represented their country fifty times or more.
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