Dyke thanks Kelly Smith after retirement announcement

Tuesday 03 Feb 2015
Kelly Smith scored a record 46 goals in 117 England caps

FA Chairman Greg Dyke has thanked Kelly Smith for her contribution to the women’s game in England.

The Three Lions all-time record goalscorer announced her international retirement on Tuesday, after netting 46 times in 117 internationals.

Smith featured for her country in four European Championships, two World Cups and the 2012 Olympics. 

Kelly's England factfile

DOB: 29/10/78
Caps: 117
Goals: 46
Debut: v Italy, 01/11/95

Dyke said: “Kelly has played a huge role in helping women’s football get to where it is today, especially through her considerable achievements with Arsenal, England and Team GB.

“She will be much missed on the pitch but I am sure whatever the future holds she will continue to play her part in promoting the game. Indeed, I am glad she will continue to work with us in an ambassadorial role.

“Kelly will be rightly remembered as one of the all-time greats of English football.

“On behalf of all at The FA, I would like to say ‘thank you’ and wish her all the very best for the future.”

Meanwhile, Kelly Simmons, FA head of national game and women's football, added: "Over the past 20 years, Kelly has made such an enormous contribution to England and to women's football.

"She is one of the most talented players this country has ever produced and has inspired many young girls, and current team-mates, to play and love football.

"I know Kelly has a real love for coaching and I am sure she will have huge success in her future - helping future generations of players to achieve their ambitions.

"Personally I would like to wish Kelly every success going forwards and thank her for everything that she has done for women's football throughout her career."

By FA Staff