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England's Rachel Daly announces her retirement from international football

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Aston Villa and England striker Rachel Daly has announced her retirement from international football.

The 32-year-old was part of the England squad that won the European Championship in 2022 and reached the 2023 World Cup final in successive summers.

Daly won 84 caps for the Lionesses and scored 16 goals in his eight-year international career.

Her last appearance for her country came on the bench in Tuesday's 2-0 Euro 2025 qualifying win against the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.

“I would love nothing more than to play for England forever, but it’s time for me to hang up my boots on the international stage,” said Daly.

“Although today is an extremely difficult day for me, it is also full of reflection and great gratitude. Playing for and representing England was the greatest honor.

“Winning the European Championship and then reaching the World Cup final changed a lot for me, not only as a footballer but also as a person.

“I am very fortunate to have played a small part in making history with the Lionesses and I think now is the right time to pass that baton to the next generation and be England’s biggest fan in the stands!”


Daly won the 2022 European Championship with England (Harriet Lander/Getty Images)

Daly made her England debut against Serbia in 2016 and has represented the Lionesses at three major tournaments.

During her club career she was used as a striker and played primarily as a full-back for England under Sarina Wiegman.

She started in every game of England's triumphant 2022 European Championship, where she was used at left-back, and played seven times in the 2023 World Cup, mostly as a left-back, although she finished as the Women's Super League (WSL) top scorer the season before.

Wiegman paid tribute to Daly after her retirement, particularly praising her versatility.

“Rachel has been an incredible part of our story and the story we have written together. It was a privilege to work with her,” said the England coach.

“I have never worked with such a versatile player who always had a smile on her face, brought energy and tried to do her best for the team.

“It's sad that she won't be with us anymore, but we should celebrate what she did for the team and now she's our biggest fan.”

(Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)