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Arsenal and England women's skipper White announces retirement

Former England and Arsenal women's captain Faye White has announced her retirement from football. The 35 year old won 90 caps but quit international football in April last year after announcing she was expecting her first child.

But a knee problem has prevented her from returning to club action.

"Even now, after getting back to some sort of fitness after having Lukas, my knees won't allow me to do what I could before," White told the Times.

"I retired from England when I announced I was pregnant last April but left the door open with Arsenal.

"Everyone says it's because I've had a baby but it's not. I could have juggled the demands. The will was still there. The rest of my body could have done it, but my knees couldn't and you have to think of your later life as well."

White, who represented England at four major tournaments, is set to continue in a role at Arsenal and wants to move into coaching.

She added: "I'll still be involved at Arsenal in my job as a development marketing officer.

"I am looking into coaching, but I love the ambassadorial work I do with Arsenal."

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