England's most-capped player Fara Williams first inducted into Women’s Super League Hall of Fame

Fara Williams retired after this year after a 20-year career. Credit: PA/Instagram

Former England footballer Fara Williams has become the first player to be inducted into the newly launched Women’s Super League Hall of Fame.

The Football Association announced that England’s most-capped international has been recognised for her achievements in the competition and impact in the women’s game overall.

37-year-old Williams, who earned 172 England caps, retired earlier this year after a glittering career that spanned more than 20 years.

The midfielder said she was “honoured” to be inducted and told aspiring players to “never give up on your dreams”.

Williams won two WSL titles during her time at Liverpool and also played in the league for Everton, Arsenal and Reading.

Other achievements included winning two Women’s Premier League Cups and two FA Women’s Cup, while she also played at four European Championships and three World Cups.

Sharing her news on Instagram, Williams said: “Growing up playing on my estate I never dreamed of being a professional footballer.

"I just loved the game and still do now, so to be recognised in this way is so special to me and such a huge honour.

"I hope my journey from, being a young girl playing with the boys through to becoming professional; winning titles, lifting the FA Cup, and representing my country can inspire the next generation of the amazing talent we have in this country.

"The women’s game is making great strides and it’s a privilege to be part of it!"

SSE Women's FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, in 2016 Credit: PA

Kelly Simmons, chair of the hall of fame panel, said: “Induction into the Barclays FA Women’s Super League Hall of Fame is the highest individual honour offered by the league and I’m delighted that Fara is our first inductee.

“She’s one of those players that can do something special when you least expect it, and because of that, as well as having been an ever present in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League prior to her retirement, the panel was unanimous in her being inducted.”

The FA later announced former Arsenal and England winger Rachel Yankey as the second inductee.

The multiple trophies the 41-year-old – part of the Gunners’ quadruple-winning side of 2007 – won with the north London club included WSL titles in 2011 and 2012.

Yankey played 129 for times for England and, like Williams, also represented Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics.