Casey Stoney ends career with Liverpool win over Sunderland

Former England captain Casey Stoney was tearful after playing her last game before retirement but is excited to join England Women's coaching staff.

Casey Stoney finished her playing career by captaining Liverpool to a 3-1 victory over Sunderland in the Women’s Super League.

Stoney, 35, announced her retirement on Monday after agreeing to join new England Women head coach Phil Neville’s backroom staff for the SheBelieves Cup in the United States next month and the remaining Women’s World Cup qualifiers.

Before Wednesday’s game, both sides lined up to give the defender a guard of honour. Two goals from Jess Clarke, and a third from Bethany England ensured that Stoney bowed out with a victory that moves the Reds up to third in WSL 1.

“To think that I am never going to do this again, it is sad but at the same time I am really excited about the next chapter.

“I am really excited about working with Phil Neville and the England team and giving back to the game that has given me so much.

“Stepping away from the game is never easy. But when your country comes calling you can’t turn that down and this was the right time.”

The former England captain won 130 international caps and was part of the squad that finished third at the 2015 Women’s World Cup. She also captained Team GB at the 2012 Olympics.