- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

LONDON (AP) - Kelly Smith, England’s record women’s goalscorer, has retired from international football ahead of the World Cup.

The 36-year-old striker scored 46 times in 117 appearances for England, playing at the 2007 and 2011 World Cups as well as for Britain at the 2012 London Olympics.

Smith has dropped down the England pecking order so might have struggled to make Mark Sampson’s World Cup squad for the tournament in Canada in June.

The Arsenal Ladies player said: “I feel exceptionally proud and honored to have played for England for 20 wonderful years.”

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