Former Lady Imp Casey Stoney retires and joins England coaching team

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Former Lincoln Ladies football captain Casey Stoney MBE has hung up her boots and is joining the England Women’s backroom staff as part of the FA’s new player-to-coach scheme.

Stoney made over 30 appearances for the Lady Imps between 2011 and 2013 and also played for Chelsea, Charlton, Liverpool and Arsenal.

The 35-year-old, who was made an MBE for services to football in 2015, won 130 caps for England’s Lionesses. She was also part of the squad that took the bronze medal at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Stoney will work alongside England Lionesses’ head coach Phill Neville and she told the FA’s official website: “Although I am sad to be hanging up my boots, I do so proud of what I have achieved and with great optimism about what the future holds for the women’s game.

“With that in mind, I am hugely excited about starting my next chapter as part of Phil Neville’s Lionesses backroom team.”