Pregnant White to miss Olympics

18 April 2012 / 19:07

England women's captain Faye White will miss this summer's Olympics after announcing she is pregnant with her first child.

The 34-year-old Arsenal defender, who has 90 caps, admits her international career is now almost certainly over.

"I'm pregnant and I'm going to be a mum for the first time in October," White said on "I have spoken to (England coach) Hope (Powell) and this will more or less signal the end."

White, whose career has been hampered by injury since she made her debut against Scotland in 1997, has captained England at two World Cups and two European Championships.

"I have had 15 or 16 years with England and I think this was always going to be my last year," added White. "Having made that decision after the World Cup (last year) I picked up yet another injury and had to have keyhole surgery on both my knees, which has been quite a struggle to come back from.

"But I have always overcome injuries in the past and I was determined to get over this one. I finally got back to playing and training in the new year, but basically my international career will be over now.

"But Hope was delighted for me, we spoke about my career in the past and what it means going forward. For now I just want to enjoy the news and see how I feel about everything.

"It's funny - in the past I have missed games with injuries and sat there upset, wishing I could be out there. Now I realise I have a whole new life ahead of me. If there is ever a reason not to be playing then this is probably the best one."

Powell hailed the contribution White had made to the national team and the women's game in England. She said: "Faye has been a tremendous player and leader for me ever since she made her debut and I have personally thanked her for 15 years of unwavering service in an England shirt.

"She is one of the best defenders in the women's game and an outstanding ambassador and role model. I have had a good chat with her and I told her that the game will always be there for her, but, for now, this is a new, exciting chapter in her life and I wish her all the best."