Casey Stoney says Canada 2015 to be her last World Cup

Tuesday 12 May 2015
Casey Stoney was picked in Mark Sampson's World Cup squad on Monday
England defender Casey Stoney admits this summer’s World Cup will be her last – but she is determined to go out on a high.

The 32-year-old was part of the previous squads which travelled to China in 2007 and Germany in 2011 under former boss Hope Powell and was named in Mark Sampson’s group for Canada 2015 on Monday.

World Cup fixtures

v France, Tuesday 9 June
v Mexico, Saturday 13 June
v Colombia, Wednesday 17 June

The Arsenal star is hoping to help the Lionesses match Sampson’s semi-final target after previously reaching the quarter finals in 2007 and 2011.

"I'm a realist. I'm nearly 33 and I don't think I'll be playing in a World Cup at 37, so it will be my last one and I'd absolutely love to play," said Stoney, following the squad announcement at London’s Canada House.

"I want this team to go out there and do well.

"I haven't been able to make as much of a contribution on the pitch as I would have liked but I'm a massive believer that you can still make positive contributions off it and that's what I've been trying to do.

"If I'm called upon and needed and I'm asked to play, then absolutely I'll relish that and make sure I make a positive contribution on it."

England Women

Casey Stoney heads to her third World Cup after an impressive international career

With 117 caps to her name, Stoney is amongst the most experienced players in the England squad heading to Canada, where they will face France, Mexico and Colombia in their group games.

But comparing this squad to those who travelled to the previous World Cups, Stoney would not be drawn on this team’s chances.

"Because we had such an easy qualifying campaign, it's quite hard to judge where we're at," she admitted.

"We played Germany at Wembley in November and we got taught a football lesson that day [losing 3-0]

"Then we played America and we played a lot more conservatively and we still lost the game 1-0

"But we've got an abundance of talent."

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