Rachel Yankey has paid tribute to Arsenal after becoming England Ladies’ most capped player. The winger earned her 120th cap in England’s 3-0 win over Croatia on Wednesday. After the match, Yankey was quoted as saying:
“It feels mad. It hasn’t really sunk in,” she told Arsenal.com. ‘I tried to focus on the game – it had to be won. We did that and it gives us a chance to go to another major championship and play more games for England. I tried to concentrate on that rather than breaking records. That was how I stayed focused.”
Yankey made her international debut for England in 1997, having signed for Arsenal a year earlier and has praised Arsenal as being a major influence on her career.
“Arsenal is a massive club with enormous history. It’s the biggest club in the country and there’s pressure on us still to go and produce week in, week out. It was an amazing achievement for me, and it was a privilege to have people like Vic Akers ring me up and tell me how proud he was of me. That means so much to me. Obviously Laura Harvey and Rehanne Skinner let me know how proud they are, and how proud Arsenal Football Club is that I’ve broken that record. Things like that mean a lot.’
The 32 year old insists that her heart lies in playing football and wishes to keep on playing for England for as long as possible. It’s great to see a true Gunner give credit to Arsenal in the way that she does. Some players would do well to learn from Yankey.
“Arsenal have always been my club and I’m an Arsenal supporter so it’s great for me to have that backing.”
We’re proud to have such a star in women’s football.
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