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Arsenal and England legend Kelly Smith has announced her retirement from football.
Kelly, who scored 46 goals for England and is her country's all time leading goalscorer, is widely considered to be one of England's greatest-ever players, if not the best of all time.
She retired from international football in February 2015 after a 20-year career, winning 117 caps.
Kelly made her England debut against Italy in 1995 and scored her first goal against Croatia in the same year.
She appeared in two World Cups and four European Championships and also represented Team GB at London 2012.
Smith also enjoyed a glittering domestic career, winning the league on six occasions and the Women's FA Cup five times, including last season in a 1-0 win against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium, during her spells at Arsenal where she won more than 20 trophies.
She also spent some of her career playing in America for Philadelphia Charge, New Jersey Wildcats and Boston Breakers. She was awarded an MBE in 2008 for services to football.
England head coach Mark Sampson said: "I was privileged to have the honour of coaching Kelly.
"She will be remembered as one of the greatest players to have played the game.
"The creativity and excitement she brought to the pitch will stay as treasured memories for every supporter who had the pleasure to watch her play.
"Combining that with her insatiable work ethic and will to win made Kelly a dream to play with and nightmare to play against.
"Off the field she is a humble and honest person who graced every changing room she was a part of.
"The many thousands of young people who took up the game after being inspired by Kelly will never forget the inspiration and joy she brought just from watching her play.
"It will absolutely be a loss to the game on the field. I hope she will now go on to enjoy a wonderful career off the field. I wish her all the very best for the future. The game has lost a great."
Lionesses captain Steph Houghton, who played with Smith for England and Arsenal, said: "Kelly is simply one of the best players in the world and I think the greatest-ever England player.
"As a team-mate for club and country she was fantastic. She was a real leader, she was passionate, inspiring and women's football won't be the same without her.
"I am honoured to have played in the same team as her."
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