Karen Carney: England and Chelsea midfielder to retire at end of Women’s World Cup, aged 31

5 Jul

Karen Carney has announced she will call time on her playing career when England’s Women’s Women Cup campaign ends on Saturday.

Carney, the Chelsea midfielder, has decided to retire when Lionesses finish their tournament with a clash against Sweden to determine the third-place side.

Carney joined Chelsea in 2015 and was part of their 2017/18 double winning squad
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Now 31, Carney, who played for Birmingham, Arsenal and Chincago Red Stars before joining Chelsea in 2015, says it’s time to do something else.

“I am incredibly proud to have achieved so much in the game but now is definitely the right time to retire,” said Carney, who will hope to win her 142nd England cap in Saturday’s clash with Sweden.

A scorer of 32 international goals, Carney also represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics and won bronze at the 2015 World Cup with England, as well as lifting this year’s SheBelieves Cup.

“To have played for England was my ultimate ambition and to do so at four World Cups and represent Team GB at a home Olympics was beyond the wildest dreams I had when first starting out,” she added.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has made this all possible from my family and friends, everyone I have played for and worked with and, of course, the England squad and staff. I owe everything I have to all of them.”

England manager Phil Neville added: “Karen deserves all the plaudits that will come her way. It’s been a privilege to work with her over the past 18 months, but even more special has been the chance to get to know someone who is an incredible person and a special team-mate.

“While she will not want a fuss, Karen is someone who deserves total recognition and respect as a true legend of the game.”

Carney’s international career lasted 14 years, with her debut coming against Italy all the way back in 2005
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The Football Association has plans to honour Carney at a future international.

Only Fara Williams has won more England caps than Carney, and Baroness Sue Campbell, the FA’s women’s director, said: “Karen will be regarded as one of English football’s great names. Her humility, despite all she has achieved on the world stage, is one of many endearing qualities.

“She’s played a huge part in the Lionesses’ incredible progress on the pitch and the inspirational impact the squad has had off it.

“I know Karen will be much missed by everyone at Chelsea and England, but I’m certain she’ll stay in the game as she has so much to offer.

“She’ll always be welcome at Wembley and St George’s Park and it’s right and proper that we mark Karen’s wonderful career in a fitting way in the months to come. We’re all so very proud of her.”

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri blasts ‘disgusting’ social media abuse of England women’s midfielder Karen Carney

19 Oct

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has become the latest figure to condemn the social media abuse directed towards Karen Carney.

Carney, the Chelsea Women midfielder, has already been supported by England Women manager Phil Neville and the Football Association after an Instagram post wished ‘cancer, leukaemia and rape’ upon her.

Carner receive the abuse while playing for Chelsea Women against Fiorentina

The FA on Thursday called on the police and social media companies to help shut down online abuse after the threats.

Sarri, asked about the issue at his weekly media conference on Friday, said: “It’s not acceptable. It’s disgusting.”

The 59-year-old admitted that he is not familiar with the use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media platforms.

But he praised Carney’s footballing ability after her decisive penalty in Chelsea’s Women’s Champions League win over Fiorentina on Wednesday night.

Sarri added: “I watched the last match against Fiorentina. She’s a very good midfielder, I think. She scored.”

It was Neville who highlighted the abuse 133-cap international Carney had received, sharing the abusive Instagram post.

He shared a further post on Friday directed towards an unnamed England Women international, which included a rape threat and a follow-up message suggesting it was “headline” grabbing.

Neville wrote on Thursday: “A message sent to one of my @lionesses players last night, absolutely disgraceful”. He went on to ask Instagram: “Are you going to do something about it?”

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He added on Friday: “Another disgraceful awful despicable message sent to one of my @lionesses – @instagram can you do a better job at protecting my players who use your social media platform!!”

The FA is backing Neville and has demanded action.

“We are appalled and dismayed by the abuse directed towards Karen Carney on social media,” the FA said in a statement on Thursday.

Carney has represented England 133 times and has also turned out for Arsenal and Birmingham at club level

“The FA takes such matters extremely seriously and we are offering our full support to Karen. The abuse of players on social networking sites is a serious concern and we call on the police and social media organisations to do everything they can to help tackle this growing problem

“We provide all our senior England players with training, guidance and support on the use of social media and treat our duty of care in this regard with the utmost importance.”

Instagram removed the account responsible for the first messages as the company does not “tolerate threatening or abusive behaviour”.