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Karen Bardsley: Manchester City and England goalkeeper retire | Manchester City women

Manchester City, England and Team GB goalkeeper Karen Bardsley have announced she will retire at the end of the season at the age of 37.

Bardsley has played 82 times for England, participated in seven major tournaments and was an always present for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.

“It was obviously a pretty difficult decision for me to make, but after a lot of deliberation and unfortunately being off the pitch for a while now due to an injury, it just felt like it was the right moment,” Bardsley said. “As sad and strange as it is to step away from something I have committed all my young adult life to, in the end it is something I feel really proud of, and I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I do not have left stones.unverted, and I have not regretted how I have applied myself and what I have achieved.

“I feel incredibly proud of my career, but in the end I’m really excited about the next steps and what’s to come in the future, and I’m just looking forward to giving back to the football community in many other ways. ”

Bardsley, born in California of Mancunian parents, has been at City since 2013 and the club said they would honor her on Wednesday at their last home game of the season, against Birmingham City.

Bardsley made her England debut in March 2005 and was due to attend last year’s Olympics in Tokyo until an injury forced her back. She helped England finish second at the 2009 European Championships and was named to Fifa’s team in the 2015 World Cup, where England won bronze.

Karen Bardsley gives Steph Houghton a boost after England reach the World Cup semi-finals in 2019.
Karen Bardsley gives Steph Houghton a boost after England reach the World Cup semi-finals in 2019. Photo: Craig Mercer / MB Media / Getty Images

Gavin Makel, Manchester City Women’s CEO, described Bardsley as “a real legend in the game”, and the team’s head coach, Gareth Taylor, said: “Karen has left an undeniable mark on women’s football and I think her career is just “the start of the overall effect she will make. Although an injury has limited her appearances on the pitch during my time as manager, she has remained an integral member of our team and has made a real difference behind the scenes.”

Bardsley played in the United States and Sweden until 2013, when she signed for Lincoln before moving to City at the end of that season.

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