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Arsenal and England legend Faye White has announced her decision to retire after 15 years at the top of the women's game.
In a remarkable career, Faye won 31 major honours with Arsenal, skippering the side to a Quadruple in 2007, two Trebles and four Doubles. As England captain, she led her country to four major tournaments, racking up 90 caps along the way and collecting an MBE for her services to women's football in 2007.
Faye became a mother for the first time last October but persistent knee problems have prompted her to call time on her playing career. In a new ambassadorial role with the Club, Faye will now focus her attention on promoting the growth and development of the women's game.
Arsenal Ladies general manager, Vic Akers, has paid tribute to www.arsenal.com over Faye's contribution to the Club: "She was a born leader. She had a great attitude and was, and still is, a great role model for the women's game.
"I think we'll have to go a long way to find another player similar to her. She was one of my best signings ever. She captained the team magnificently and always showed great attitude. She's a great person too.
"We'll miss her as a player but I know she'll continue to contribute massively to the women's game in her new ambassadorial role with the Club, and I would like to wish her all the best for that."
In an interview with www.arsenal.com, Faye said: "I never thought that I would win so much. I captained England and Arsenal for over ten years and that's brilliant. I look back and think I've done a lot and I've won a lot. I have to be thankful for that. I've won a lot and I'm really fortunate to have done that and played for so many years at such a wonderful club.
"I think it's a great Club and that's why I never moved. I had offers in previous years, certainly around the time the American league started up. I knew Arsenal was a great place and really looked after the girls and did a lot for women's football in this country. As the England captain, I wanted to play the game in this country rather than abroad.
"To spend my career at one club is pretty good. We've been so successful over the years and have won a lot of trophies. I feel fortunate to have been a part of that. I won pretty much everything there was to win, including the WSL in my final season. There wasn't much to come back and win really.
"I just want to say thank you to all the players I've played with, and Vic, who was the manager for most of my time at Arsenal. I really owe him so much. He's done so much for me. He's been fantastic and so have the players I've played with.
"I'm fortunate that I've played with some of the best players in England. I've really enjoyed promoting the game and am thankful for the support we've had to help us win the trophies. I couldn't have asked for a better career really."
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