England’s Rachel Daly Announces Retirement from International Football

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  • England Lionesses forward Rachel Daly has announced her decision to retire from international football.
  • The 32-year-old has 84 caps and played a key role in England’s Euro win and reaching the World Cup final last summer.
  • England’s Daly made her farewell appearance as a substitute against the Republic of Ireland on April 10, 2024.
England’s Rachel Daly

England Lionesses star and Euro 2022 winner Rachel Daly announces retirement from international football at 32 years old, she shared the news on her Twitter handle on April 10, 2024.

Daly made a late substitute appearance in Tuesday’s 2-0 Euro 2025 qualifying win against the Republic of Ireland. The morning after the match, she announced her retirement.

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Why has Rachel Daly retired?

The Aston Villa player Daly stated her retirement decision was driven by the desire to “pass on that baton to the next generation.” Despite stepping back from international football, she will remain active at the club level with Aston Villa in the Women’s Super League.

Millie Bright and Rachel Daly

What’s Rachel Daly’s achievements with the Lionesses of England?

In summary, she has won

  • UEFA Women’s Championship in 2022
  • SheBelieves Cup in 2019
  • Two Arnold Clark Cup

Daly’s journey with the Lionesses team began at the under-15 level. She progressed through the youth ranks before earning a spot in the senior squad under then-manager Mark Sampson. Her debut came in England’s 7-0 Euro 2017 qualification win against Serbia, where she scored a goal.

Rachel Daly showcased her versatility during England’s Euro 2022 win, starting in every game as a left-back due to Ellen White’s role as the primary striker. With White’s retirement, Daly transitioned between attack and defense under manager Sarina Wiegman. She notably scored in England’s 6-1 World Cup group stage triumph over China as the Lionesses advanced to the 2023 final.

“I have never worked with a player so versatile, always with a smile on her face, bringing energy and trying to do her best for the team.

Rachel has been an incredible part of our story and the history we’ve made together. It has been a privilege to work with her.”

England manager Sarina Wiegman
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