Ellen White: England and Man City hero confirms retirement from football

Ellen White has announced her retirement from professional football.

In an emotional social media post, the England and Manchester City star has said her farewell to the beautiful game after almost two decades.

The 33-year-old hangs up her boots after a glittering career, which most recently involved winning the Lionesses’ first ever major tournament at Euro 2022.

“This has been one of the hardest decisions of my life but one that I know is the right decision for me,” White started her tear-jerking goodbye post.

“This decision has always been one I have wanted to make on my terms. And this is my time to say goodbye to football and watch the next generation shine.”

An iconic career

Throughout her domestic career, White was regarded as one of the most reliable strikers of her generation.

She enjoyed playing for a number of teams throughout her career, including lengthy stints at Chelsea, Arsenal, Notts County, and Birmingham City.

She most recently joined Manchester City, where she helped them win the FA and Continental Cup.

White won a total of ten domestic trophies during her playing career, including two Women’s Super League titles with Arsenal.

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Up until her retirement, White was one of her nation’s most experienced players.

The forward is currently England and Great Britain’s all-time top female goalscorer. She has represented the Lionesses at three World Cups and was part of Team GB for the 2012 and 2020 Olympic Games.

White, who made 113 appearances and scored 52 goals for England, reflected on the Euro 2022 final as the moment her dreams came true and hopes the team’s achievement will help inspire a new generation of footballers.

The Lionesses ended the country’s 56-year wait for a major trophy after they beat Germany in front of a record crowd at Wembley on July 31st.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 31: Ellen White and Jill Scott of England lift the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Trophy after their side’s victory during the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 final match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on July 31, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Farewell, Ellen

The European Championships undeniably catapulted women’s football even further into the spotlight and players like White have helped play a huge role in the promotion of the sport throughout the years.

Although she is calling time on her iconic era on the pitch, the legendary striker is eager to see the momentum from Euro 2022 continue its wonderful trajectory.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 31: Ellen White of England celebrates with the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Trophy after their side’s victory during the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 final match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on July 31, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Getty Images)

“This is for the next generation and potentially the next Lioness,” White wrote. “You don’t have to be the best at something to make your dreams come true. Just look at me. Hard work, dedication, passion, and love for what you do are a great recipe.

“Don’t ever let someone tell you ‘you can’t do something or achieve your dreams.’ I was once told I couldn’t play in the boys’ team and I would never play for England.

“Now I am retiring having made 113 caps with 52 goals for England and a European Champion. Go out there and be the very best version of you!

“Finally, let’s use the momentum from the Euros win to make sure that every young person in all communities has the opportunity to play and feel connected to all England football teams.”

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