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Rachel Daly visits Harrogate restaurant after announcing retirement

Rachel Daly, partner Sarah Mayling and chef Jure Levstek.

Harrogate's Rachel Daly paid a visit to her hometown over the weekend after announcing her retirement from international football.

Rachel, who went to Rossett School, dined at The Curious Cow alongside her partner Sarah Mayling on Saturday (13th April).

The 32-year-old returned to her hometown just days after announcing she will no longer play for England after an eight-year stint.

Rachel represented England at Euro 2022 and scored her first World Cup goal last year as England reached the final.

She announced her retirement on Wednesday (10th April) after 84 senior caps and 16 goals.

She said:

"I would love nothing more than to play for England forever, but the time has come for me to hang my boots up on the international stage.

"While today is an extremely difficult day for me, it is also one filled with reflection and immense gratitude.”

Rachel made her England debut and scored in a 7-0 Euro 2017 qualification victory over Serbia.

She leaves retires as a Euro winner and a World Cup finalist.

She said:

“Playing for and representing England has been a privilege. During my eight years as a lioness, I've always pursued success and winning football matches, while playing and training with the highest standards of competition, passion and perseverance.

"It has been the greatest honour to represent my family, my teammates and the entire country. I have a lot of incredible memories during my time with England that have been pivotal moments.

"Winning the Euros and then reaching the World Cup Final changed a lot for me, not only as a footballer but as a person. I’m so fortunate that I've been able to share that with so many remarkable people throughout my journey."

Rachel added:

"I have made special friendships that will last a lifetime. I will be eternally grateful to have been given the opportunity to wear the England badge with immense pride over the past eight years.

"I am very fortunate to have played a small part in making history with the Lionesses and I feel now is the right time to pass on that baton to the next generation and be England’s number one fan from the stands!

"I am excited to keep working hard at club level to reach new highs and spend some much needed quality time with my loved ones! Thank you."

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