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Fara Williams becomes most capped player in the history of English football

August 4, 2014

When Fara Williams lead the England team out against Sweden at Hartlepool on Sunday 3 August, she officially became the most capped (130) player in the history of English football.


Despite not being captain, head coach Mark Sampson gave Williams the honour of leading out her country – as she moves ahead of Rachel Yankey and into the record books.

Fara started playing football aged just seven and was a Chelsea first-teamer by 17, the same age at which she made her senior England debut in Portugal.

She then enjoyed a stint as captain of the U19s and by 2007, Fara was an England regular and was a key part of the squad that reached the World Cup Finals in China.

She both captained and scored for England during Euro 2009 in Finland, where they reached the Final, only to be beaten by a dominant German side.

With seven goals, she was her country’s top scorer during their 2011 World Cup qualifiers.

Having been a fixture in the England set-up for over a decade, Fara joined an illustrious list of Gillian Coulthard, Rachel Yankey and Kelly Smith in earning her 100th international cap, against Switzerland in the 2012 Cyprus Cup, and she celebrated this milestone by captaining her country and scoring the winning goal.

The Women’s Sports Magazine


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