Manchester City goalkeeper Karen Bardsley has announced her decision to retire from professional football at the end of the season. She has earned 82 caps for the country while helping the team reach the semi-finals of the World Cup twice and finishing runner-up at the 2009 Euros. She has won a WSL title, three FA Cups, and four League Cups with the club.

“It was obviously a pretty tough decision for me to make, but after a lot of deliberation and unfortunately being away from the pitch for quite a while now due to injury, it just felt like it was the right moment,” Manchester City goalkeeper Karen Bardsley said. “As sad and strange as it is to be stepping away from something I’ve committed my entire young adult life to, ultimately it’s something I feel really proud of and I can honestly say, hand on heart, I’ve left no stone unturned and I have no regrets about how I’ve applied myself and what I’ve achieved. I feel incredibly proud of my career, but ultimately I’m really excited about the next steps and what is to come in the future, and I’m just very much looking forward to giving back to the football community in many other ways.”

“Karen has left an undeniable mark on women’s football and I believe her playing career is just the start of the overall impact she will make,” Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor said. “Although injury has limited her appearances on the pitch during my time in charge, she has remained an integral member of our team and has made a real difference behind the scenes. She deserves all the plaudits she receives, and I would like to wish her the very best for the future and the next step of her journey.”

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