Former Birmingham City star Karen Carney announces retirement

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Former Birmingham City midfielder Karen Carney has announced her retirement from football.

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The midfielder, who played for Blues between 2001 and 2006, and then again between 2011 and 2015, will hang up her boots after England’s third-place game at the Women’s World Cup.

The England ace said the time was now right to call time on her career.

“I’ve probably known for quite a while now,” she said. “My mind still wants to do everything and it can, but I don’t think my body can anymore.

“I think you’ve seen the level and the growth of the game and how fantastic it’s become and that’s a credit to everybody.

“And my mind would want me to continue until I’m 100, but there’s a time when your body says enough is enough and I think I’ve got to that point.”

Carney said she hoped footballing retirement would give her time to enjoy other opportunities in life.

“I’m going to spend some time with my family because it feels like I haven’t been able to do that,” she said.

“As a footballer, you’re so selfish and self-driven to get to places that sometimes you forget the most important people. It’s not in a malicious way, but because you’re so driven that you have to do what you have to do.

“So I have to give back to the people that have supported me and I’m nothing without my family so I’m grateful to them and I want to give back to them now, give them love and hugs and be there for their big moments as well.”

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