An open letter from @caseystoney
Today, I am announcing my playing retirement from the game I have loved all my life. Although I am sad to be hanging up my boots, I do so proud of what I have achieved and with great optimism about what the future holds for the women’s game. With that in mind, I am hugely excited about starting my next chapter as part of Phil Neville’s Lionesses backroom team. My new role will formally begin in time for the SheBelieves Cup next month.
In 1994 I made my senior debut and I feel extremely fortunate to have enjoyed such a long and successful playing career. Along the way I won 12 major trophies, all of which I treasure, and was awarded an MBE, which I still have to pinch myself about! I look back fondly on being part of an England side that won a European Silver medal in 2009, rose to become the third-ranked team in the world, and that took the bronze medal at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
It really has been a dream come true, the culmination of which will be this Wednesday (21st February) against Sunderland AFC Ladies, when I take to the field for the final time.
Before then, I want to say thank you to everyone at each of my former clubs: Arsenal, Charlton, Chelsea, Lincoln, Liverpool and of course England. The fans, management, coaches and my teammates have all greatly contributed to my career. My success is yours too and I’ll be forever thankful to you for helping me get to where I am today.
In particular, I’d like to thank Keith Boanas at Charlton who was a mentor to me, especially during the tougher times. Terry Byrne, my agent, and everyone at 10Ten Talent who have always looked after me – your counsel has been invaluable. Finally, Sue Campbell, The FA’s Director of Women’s Football, for championing my cause and guiding me through the player-to-coach scheme.
I also want to place on record my thanks to my current manager, Scott Rogers, and Liverpool Ladies FC as a whole who have been incredibly supportive of my decision. To have been a small part of this great club’s history is something that will live with me forever.
#LFC #YNWA #ForeverRED