Former England and Liverpool women captain Casey Stoney has announced her retirement from playing in order to take a role in new head coach, Phil Neville’s backroom staff.
Casey Stoney won 130 caps for her country and was Great Britain captain at the 2012 Olympics.
She was in the team that finished third at the 2015 World Cup and will play her final Liverpool game on Wednesday.
The 35-year-old will join Neville’s team at the SheBelieves Cup in the United States next month.
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,” Casey Stoney said.
“With that in mind, I am hugely excited about starting my next chapter as part of Phil Neville’s Lionesses backroom team. I am thoroughly looking forward to working with Phil, who is an excellent choice to take the women’s game forward.
“I talked to him at length before accepting the job and was hugely impressed with his vision, passion and eagerness to learn. I will be doing everything possible to support him alongside finishing my coaching badges.”
Meanwhile, head coach Phil Neville is relishing having Casey Stoney join his coaching staff.
“Casey has been a wonderful player for England and I am delighted she will continue to help the team with her new position,” Neville said.
“She has tremendous knowledge of the game and will be invaluable in helping us to take the team up another level.
“From working with her already and seeing at first-hand the hunger she has to pass on her experience, I am sure Casey will go on to have a coaching career that rivals what she did on the pitch.”