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Prince William and Kate congratulate Ellen White, winner of Euro 2022, as she announces her retirement

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have congratulated Ellen White on her announcement that she will retire from football at the age of 33 after helping the lionesses win Euro 2022 this summer.

Prince William and Kate’s Twitter account responded to the Man City star’s news, which she shared on the social media platform this afternoon.

“Congratulations on your record-breaking, history-making career @ellsbells89,” read the tweet.

White – who will stop scoring 52 goals for the Lionesses – said it was “one of the hardest decisions” of her life, but insisted it was “time to see the next generation shine”.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have congratulated Ellen White on her announcement that she will retire at the age of 33 after helping the lionesses win Euro 2022 this summer.

Prince William and Kate's Twitter account responded to the Man City star's news, which she shared on the social media platform this afternoon

Prince William and Kate’s Twitter account responded to the Man City star’s news, which she shared on the social media platform this afternoon

“Congratulations on your record-breaking, history-making career @ellsbells89,” read the tweet. Pictured, Kate and William earlier this month

“This has been one of the hardest decisions of my life, but one that I know is the right decision for me,” White said.

“I have always wanted to make this decision on my terms. And this is my time to say goodbye to football and see the next generation shine.

“It was my greatest honor and privilege to play this game. Playing for England in particular is and remains the greatest gift. My dreams came true on July 31, to win the European Championship and become European champion.

“I have been very lucky to have played for a number of teams in my career. It was a huge honor to represent some of the biggest clubs in England, wearing the shirt and creating incredible memories.

White thanks 'football' on announcing her retirement

The attacker shared an extensive message with her Twitter followers

White thanked ‘football’ in an extended message shared with her Twitter followers

Her announcement included a tribute to her family

She also sent a message demanding more inclusivity in the sport

White’s statement ended with a call for more amenities and inclusiveness in English football

“Thank you to all the clubs who have given me the opportunity to be part of your football club.

“Thanks to the managers I’ve worked for. Your guidance, patience, knowledge and belief in me have given me the confidence to fulfill my wildest dreams.

“The hours on and off the pitch do not go unnoticed and I am incredibly grateful, and will always remember the good times.”

England manager Sarina Wiegman said: ‘Ellen has given so much for England and we are all so proud of her. I have only had the pleasure of working with her for the past year, but her professionalism, work pace and finishing ability are world class.

“This summer she has done a great job for the team, she is the perfect team player and helped the younger players find their way in international football. I already knew she was a great player, but I found an even better person. We will miss her, but I fully understand her decision to move in a new direction.”

White finished as WSL runner-up with City in 2020-21, finishing the campaign with 10 goals

White finished as WSL runner-up with City in 2020-21, finishing the campaign with 10 goals

After spending some time in Arsenal’s youth academy, White joined Chelsea at the age of 16 and played three seasons for the club before moving to Leeds United, where she won the Premier League Cup in 2010.

Later that year, she returned to Arsenal and won two WSL titles, two FA Cups and three Continental League Cups. Between 2013 and 2016 she spent three years at Notts County before joining Birmingham City in 2017.

Ultimately, White signed for Manchester City after the 2019 World Cup and won the 2019-2020 FA Cup and last season’s Continental League Cup.

The striker made her England debut in March 2010, scoring a last-minute goal to help England beat Austria 3-0. She was selected for the 2011 World Cup and then played in six major tournaments for the Lionesses.

Baroness Sue Campbell, the FA’s director of women’s football, praised White as a ‘legend of the modern game’.

She said, “Ellen White will long be remembered as a model for others to follow. It’s not just about her record-breaking 52 goals and performances on the pitch, but also about the standards she sets and the way she behaves.

“A true women’s leader, it was never about Ellen White for her – even when she scored the crucial goals or gave everything she had, the team always came first. She is a legend of the modern game.

The FA plans to recognize White’s career at one of England’s home games in the autumn. They will play Luxembourg on September 6 and the United States on October 8.

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