Kelly Smith: Arsenal forward thriving after England retirement

his summer, for the first time in a decade, England will be heading to a major tournament without their record goalscorer Kelly Smith.

But the Arsenal forward has no regrets about her decision to retire from international football earlier this year.

And as one of six nominees for the Women's PFA Players' Player of the Year award, Smith is proving that, at the age of 36, she can still mix it with the cream of the crop.

"I'm glad now, looking back, that I've retired (from internationals) because my main focus is on Arsenal," Smith told BBC Sport.

"I've really got to take care of my body. When I had injuries before, I felt an added pressure to make the fitness tests.

"With the travelling, and the added pressure of fitness tests, it was hard mentally to deal with that. You worry you're not going to make the squad."

Smith, who scored four goals for England at the 2007 World Cup finals, was awarded an MBE for services to football in 2008.



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