Former England international Anita Asante will retire at the end of the season
Former England international Anita Asante has announced she will retire from football at the end of the season.
The 36-year-old currently plays for Aston Villa but has now decided the time has come to hang up her boots after an impressive 19-year career.
Asante told Aston Villa: “The last two seasons with Villa have been a great experience and being part of supporting the next generation of players. It’s great to have a historic and massive club like Villa in the Midlands and it has a very ambitious future, and I know they will inspire many young girls to play football and enjoy the heights of the game that I have been blessed with.
“I’m really excited about what the future holds, and I look forward to continuing to play a positive and impactful role in the growth of women’s football across the lines, both in the media and in management. clubs.”
Asante will retire after winning one of the most important honors in women’s football. She was part of the only English team to win the UEFA Women’s Cup – now known as the Champions League – in 2006-07 with Arsenal.
Asante was part of the Arsenal side that won the quadruple this campaign, winning the FA Women’s National Premier League, FA Cup and FA Premier League Cup alongside the Women’s Cup.
After starting her career at Arsenal, she joined Chelsea in 2008 before a three-year stint in the United States. The former England international played for Saint Louis Athletica, Chicago Red Stars, Washington Freedom and Sky Blue FC.
She continued her career in Sweden with stints at Gothenburg and FC Rosengard, where she won the Swedish Cup once with each club, and the Damallsvenskan league in 2014 and 2015 with Rosengard.
Asante returned to the Women’s Super League in 2018 where she joined Chelsea, making seven appearances in two seasons.
She will end her career at Aston Villa, which she joined in 2020 for their inaugural season in the women’s top flight.
Asante has been a key figure in both seasons, making 19 league appearances each campaign.
Internationally, Asante won 70 caps for England including Euros 2005, 2009 and 2013 and the 2011 World Cup. She was also part of Team GB’s squad at the London Olympics in 2012, appearing in all four games.
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