Carly Telford, who enjoyed three separate stints at Chelsea in the WSL, has announced her retirement from professional football at the age of 35.
Across her trio of Chelsea spells, Telford made 56 WSL appearances for the Blues. Additionally, she was also capped several times by England – making 27 appearances for the Lionesses in total. A Newcastle native, she began her career at Sunderland, spending five years with the Black Cats.
During her time as an England regular, Telford played in the 2017 European Championships and the 2019 World Cup. She was also in the 2015 World Cup squad, but failed to make an appearance during this particular tournament.
On her retirement, Telford made a post on Twitter. She wrote: “After 20 years of playing the beautiful game it’s time for me to hang up the old boots and gloves.
“My advice to any young player is if you want it, go after it, find a way, have no regrets, be a good teammate, believe in yourself and always be YOU. There is nobody in this world who does it better!
“So, what’s next? I hope to use my experience and knowledge to give back to the sport that has brought me so much joy. It’s not a goodbye to football, I know it will always be part of my life.”