England's Rachel Daly retires from international football

England and Aston Villa forward Rachel Daly announced her retirement from international football on Wednesday, a day after featuring in the win over the Republic of Ireland.

Daly was part of the 2022 Euros winning squad, starting every game of the campaign as a defender, and featured as a striker during England's historic 2023 World Cup campaign that resulted in a runners-up finish.

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Daly came on as a substitute in the 86th minute on Tuesday in England's 2-0 win over Ireland -- the country's first win of their 2025 Euros qualifying campaign.

"I would love nothing more than to play for England forever, but the time has come for me to hang my boots up on the international stage," Daly said. "While today is an extremely difficult day for me, it is also one filled with reflection and immense gratitude. Playing for and representing England has been the greatest honour.

"During my eight years as a Lioness, I've always pursued success and winning football matches, while playing and training with the highest standards of competition, passion and perseverance."

Daly won 84 caps and scored 16 goals during an eight-year international career, including appearances at the 2019 World Cup in France and the most recent edition in Australia.

At club level, the 32-year-old won the Women's Super League Golden Boot last season, netting 22 goals during the campaign.

"It has been the greatest honour to represent my family, my teammates and the entire country. I have a lot of incredible memories during my time with England that have been pivotal moments," she added. "Winning the EUROs and then reaching the World Cup Final changed a lot for me, not only as a footballer but as a person. I'm so fortunate that I've been able to share that with so many remarkable people throughout my journey."

England manager Sarina Wiegman added: "Rachel has been an incredible part of our story and the history we've made together. It has been a privilege to work with her.

"I have never worked with a player so versatile, always with a smile on her face, bringing energy and trying to do her best for the team.

"Off the pitch she is always up for a joke or a nice conversation. She'll be missed not just by me but all the other staff members, players and of course the fans.

"It is sad that she won't be with us anymore, but we should celebrate what she has done for the team and now she becomes our No.1 fan. I would love to see her in the stands in future cheering for us and helping us to get some more wins."