Kelly Smith of England kisses her boot after scoring her first of two goals against Japan during their opening 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup football tournament Group A match at the Hongkou Stadium in Shanghai, 11 September 2007.   The game ended as a 2-2 draw at the event that will be played in the five Chinese cities of Shanghai, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Wuhan and Chengdu from 10 to 30 September.    AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Unbelievable! shock as Arsenal striker quit Emirates with immediate effect

Despite the fact that the Premier League has eluded Arsenal for the whole of the last decade, the club remains the biggest in Premier League club in London.

Taking a swipe at what is happening with Ladies, kelly smit has announced her retirement from football.

She does so as England’s all-time record scorer, notching 46 goals for the Lionesses over the course of her career.

She played 117 times for England, featured at six major tournaments and represented Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics.

‘It just feels the time is right now,’ she told BBC Sport. ‘I think I’ve had a very good career at both international and club level, I’ve travelled the world and, at the age of 38, the body is telling me it needs to stop.

‘I don’t have any regrets, I’ve loved every minute of it. Every time I put that England shirt on, I felt a lot of emotion playing for my country.

‘The game is in a magnificent place at the moment and it’s good to step away at the right time.’

At club level, Smith led Arsenal to five FA Cup victories, scoring an incredible six goals across those five finals.

Among many individual honours Smith collected after turning professional with American side New Jersey in 1999 was being named the FA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007.

 

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