Stoney to join England Women coaching staff

Stoney announced she will join Phil Neville's staff. Credit: PA

Former England women captain Casey Stoney has announced her retirement from playing in order to take a role in Phil Neville's backroom staff.

The 35-year-old defender made her debut in 2000 and was capped 130 times, scoring six goals.

She said on Twitter: "After 23 incredible years it's time to bid farewell to my playing career and embark on an exciting new chapter.

"I'm delighted to be joining Phil Neville's @Lionesses' backroom team! Weds @LFCLadies game will be my last. I'd like to thank everyone that made my dreams come true..."