FA Chairman David Bernstein congratulates record-breaker Rachel Yankey
FA Chairman David Bernstein has praised Rachel Yankey on becoming the most capped English footballer of all time.
Yankey, who had been level with Peter Shilton on 125 caps before today's 1-1 draw against Japan, surpassed the legendary goalkeeper's record after being handed the captain's armband against the world champions on Wednesday afternoon.
Bernstein said: "I would like to congratulate Rachel on the magnificent achievement of winning her 126th cap, making her the most capped England player of all time in both men’s and women’s football.
"It is entirely fitting that she was made captain today against world champions Japan to commemorate such a landmark occasion."
Yankey made her Lionesses debut 16 years ago against Scotland, and the Arsenal winger has never looked back. As she prepares for her third European Championship, her status in the women's game continues to soar.
Bernstein added: "Since her England debut in 1997, Rachel has been a tremendous ambassador for her country on and off the pitch, and is rightly highly respected throughout the game at home and abroad.
"Of course, she shows no signs of slowing down and I wish her, Hope Powell and the squad all the best when England travel to the European Championship in Sweden next week."
Yankey heads to Sweden with her England teammates on 1 July, and will be hoping to add to her collection of caps in the final warm-up game when Hope Powell's side take on the hosts on 4 July in Uddevalla.
Yankey's teammates give her a heroes' welcome as she boarded the bus after collecting her historic 126th England cap.