Karen Carney, a former England Winger, said she was humbled to be rushed to Wembley on Thursday to be inducted into the national football museum hall of fame in front of family, friends, and members of her old teams.
— Nat. Football Museum (@FootballMuseum) May 27, 2021
I had no idea what was going on today, so I was really astonished, said the 33-year-old. When we arrived at the stadium, I couldn’t see anyone since they were all hiding. It was quite enjoyable.Carney, who made her international debut in 2005 at the age of 17, is England’s third-most capped player, after Fara Williams and Jill Scott, with 144 caps.
She chose her first cap as a career highlight, despite having started as a child that she wanted to play for England. She went on to compete in four World Cups and four European Championships after that. She also competed for Team GB in the 2012 London Olympics.
She expressed her gratitude for being an Olympian by saying, “I appreciate being an Olympian.” Winning the quadruple with Arsenal, as we are the only team to have done so, as well as the FA Cup with my hometown team Birmingham… I’ve been quite fortunate. The first cap, on the other hand, was quite nice.
Rachel Yankey, a former colleague and fellow Hall of Fame member, presented Carney with her honour at Wembley Stadium. Carney described her as an icon, a pioneer, and a legend both on and off the field. “She’s been a mentor and a family member to me through the years. My mother shoved me out of the way and drew Rachel close, saying, “I want to take a picture with my daughter.” That’s how important she is to us.
Carney is the Hall of Fame’s 19th female player and the first since Alex Scott in 2019. According to a statement from the National Football Museum, the judges unanimously voted to include her in honour of her excellent football career, her involvement in growing women’s football, and her overall commitment to the game on and off the field.
A brief summary of Karen Carney
Karen Carney MBE (born 1 August 1987) is a former professional footballer who played for Arsenal, Chelsea, Birmingham City, and the England national team as a winger and midfielder.
Carney became England’s second most capped player after making her senior international debut in 2005, with 144 appearances, including at the European Championships in 2005, 2009, 2013, and 2017, as well as the World Cups in 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019. She also competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics for the Great Britain squad.
Carney was recognized in the Birmingham City Hall of Fame in 2015. She was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2017 for her contributions to football. In July of this year, she announced her retirement from the sport.
Since 2019, Karen Carney has been a regular broadcaster for live football, including Women’s Super League and men’s Premier League matches, on BT Sport and Amazon Prime. She also contributes to BBC Sport, Radio 5 Live, and BBC TV as a sports columnist.