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Salisbury retires from international football

Cheryl Salisbury will make her final appearance for the Matildas this Saturday. The national team captain has retired from international football after 150 caps and 15 years of service.

Salisbury is the most capped football player in Australia, easily outdoing Alex Tobin who played 87 matches for the men's team.

Football Federation Australia CEO Ben Buckley praised the outgoing star.

"Cheryl Salisbury is an icon of Australian women's sport," said Buckley.

"She is a superb athlete who would have excelled at any sport she chose to play, and we are very fortunate that her sport of first choice is football.

"Cheryl is a credit to the sport, to the Westfield Matildas and, of course, to herself, and she has the appreciation and best wishes of the entire football family for the future. She can retire knowing she is without peer in football."

The match between the Westfield Matildas and Italy kicks-off at 4.00pm AEDT on Saturday 31 January 2009 at Parramatta Stadium.

Andrew Slevison
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