Abbie McManus: Former England, Man Metropolis and Leicester defender retires aged 30

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Abbie McManus playing at the 2019 World Cup
Abbie McManus was a part of the England squad that reached the World Cup semi-finals in 2019

Former England defender Abbie McManus has retired from soccer aged 30.

McManus received 18 caps and was a part of the Lionesses squad that received the SheBelieves Cup and reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2019.

She broke her leg enjoying for Leicester in January and was launched on the finish of the 2022-23 season.

“Soccer has been such an enormous a part of my life and I really imagine it is taught me a lot and moulded me into the individual I’m in the present day,” she stated.

“Since breaking my leg in January there was many ups and downs, with the most important down being I am unable to kick a ball with out ache. If you recognize me you may think about the tears pouring down my face while scripting this.”

McManus started her profession at Manchester Metropolis in 2009 and made greater than 150 appearances for the membership over two spells, profitable seven main trophies together with two Ladies’s FA Cups and the 2016 Ladies’s Tremendous League.

The defender additionally represented Manchester United, Sheffield FC and Tottenham throughout her 14-year enjoying profession.

“To attain what I’ve accomplished in my profession remains to be all so loopy and a dream come true for me,” stated McManus.

“Profitable all the pieces domestically and representing England in a World Cup is one thing I’ll always remember.

“If any little woman or boy is studying this, I need you to know if you wish to be a footballer you are able to do something you place your thoughts to.”

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