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Anita Asante calls it a day

This Sunday will see the end of an era in the women’s game, with the news that Anita Asante has announced her retirement at the end of the season.

The 37-year-old was the last remaining player from the starting line-up for Arsenal when they became the only English team to date to be crowned Champions of Europe, beating a star-studded Umea IK in the Final (Gilly Flaherty, Rebecca Spencer and Gemma Davison were all on the bench for both legs).

Anita went on to join Chelsea and after spells in the United States and Sweden, most notably with FC Rosengard, before a return to Chelsea in 2018 and then on to Aston Villa, where she will finish her career this Sunday.

She made her full England debut against Iceland in 2004 and was a member of the squad which were runners-up in Euro 2009, against as the Team GB squad for the London Olympics in 2012. She would undoubtedly have won more than 71 caps for her country had it not been for a series of injuries.