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Crista Cullen retires from international hockey

Crista Cullen during the Great Britain v Japan at the London 2012 Olympics Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Leciester Ladies hockey player, Crista Cullen, has announced her retirement from international hockey.

She played for England and twice represented Great Britain at the Olympics in Beijing and in London where she helped the team win bronze.

The defender who was born in Lincolnshire is one of the most respected figures in the game and has been named in the World All stars team three times.

In a tweet, she said: "Thank you all for the kind and supportive tweets, it is not the end it is the beginning. Im excited for the new chapter #thankyouhockey "