‘Proud & Lucky’ Tributes Pour In For Ellen White After Retirement Announcement

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2022 UEFA Women’s Euro Golden Boot winner, Beth Mead has led tributes to England striker, Ellen White following her retirement decision.

After 25 years playing football across youth and senior level, White has decided to retire from football with immediate effect less than one month after helping England win UEFA Women’s Euro on home soil with England.

White’s decision to retire from the game however has come as a surprise to many current and ex players with just under one year until 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup takes place, as tributes quickly flooded in for the modern footballing icon.

2022 UEFA Women’s Euro Golden Boot winner and England teammate, Beth Mead was amongst the first to react to White’s announcement, as she spoke of her shock amidst pride at ‘how proud and lucky’ she was to know White as not only teammate but also friend.

Fellow England teammates past and present soon began to pay their own tributes to White’s playing career as Rachel Daly admitted that she is ‘excited’ to see what White does away from the pitch moving forward, with Lauren Hemp and Alex Greenwood plus others also celebrating her success.

White’s decision to retire on her own terms attracted praise of USA legend, Carli Lloyd who praised the 33 year-old for bowing out on a high as a winner, following the Lionesses’ Euro success.

Lloyd’s fellow US footballing icon, Brandi Chastain also held high respect for White as she added that although footballers have relatively short careers in terms of lifetime, they will still be ‘stewards of the great game for a lifetime’ beyond hanging up their boots.

White’s departure also attracted the attention of other footballing stars from Gary Lineker to Harry Kane plus various names across women’s football media, including BBC’s Gabby Logan and Robyn Cowen amongst others.

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