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Casey calls it a day
 Women's Football England International News - 22 Feb 2018
England International News - Casey calls it a day - 22 Feb 2018 - Women's Football NewsFormer England captain Casey Stoney has announced her retirement from football, bringing to an end a glittering career with club and country.
The news coincides with Liverpool defender Stoney joining the England Women's backroom staff as part of the FA's new player-to-coach scheme.
She will work alongside new head coach Phil Neville for next month's SheBelieves Cup in the United States and the remaining FIFA Women's World Cup qualifiers.
England will take on France, Germany and the host nation in March before heading home for a vital World Cup qualifier against Wales to be played in Southampton on Friday 6th April.
Stoney, who was made an MBE for services to football in June 2015, said: "Although I am sad to be hanging up my boots, I do so proud of what I have achieved and with great optimism about what the future holds for the women's game.
"With that in mind, I am hugely excited about starting my next chapter as part of Phil Neville's Lionesses backroom team.
"I am thoroughly looking forward to working with Phil, who is an excellent choice to take the women's game forward.
"I talked to him at length before accepting the job and was hugely impressed with his vision, passion and eagerness to learn. I will be doing everything possible to support him alongside finishing my coaching badges."
Stoney won 130 caps for the Lionesses, scoring six times, and played an integral part in England's rise to become the third ranked team in the world, including being part of the squad that took the bronze medal at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Having spent two years as England skipper, she captained Team GB in five matches at the 2012 Olympics in London, scoring in the 3-0 defeat of Cameroon in Cardiff before leading the team to a memorable 1-0 win over Brazil at Wembley Stadium.
The 35-year-old began at Chelsea before heading to Arsenal and then Charlton Athletic. A return to Chelsea followed before spells at Lincoln and Arsenal, where she won her third FA Women's Cup with a 1-0 defeat of Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in 2016, before moving on to Liverpool.
Notably, from an international perspective, Stoney played in the UEFA Women's Euro 2009 Final before that 2015 World Cup third place and was named in the squad that reached the Euro 2017 semi finals.
Neville said: "Casey has been a wonderful player for England and I am delighted she will continue to help the team with her new position.
"She has tremendous knowledge of the game and will be invaluable in helping us to take the team up another level.
"From working with her already and seeing at first hand the hunger she has to pass on her experience, I am sure Casey will go on to have a coaching career that rivals what she did on the pitch."
Sue Campbell, FA director of women's football, added: "I would like to thank Casey for the immense contribution she has made to women's sport in this country.
"What she has achieved in nearly two decades in the game is remarkable and she has certainly helped pave the way for future generations, particularly in terms of her professionalism and passion. She has simply been the example for others to follow.
"Her new role means she will continue to be such a positive influence on the England team going forward, and it is great to have her leading the way on our new player-to-coach programme. This is such an important area for us as we look to increase coaching opportunities for all."
As part of recent changes made at St. George's Park and the new England Women's coaching structure, The FA is rolling out a new player-to-coach programme.
The programme aims to give elite women's players the opportunity to develop as coaches and prepare them for UEFA A and Pro Licence courses.
They will receive individual development plans, mentoring and the chance to work with England women's teams across all age groups along with FA WSL clubs.

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