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Record-breaking Rachel Yankey becomes most capped England footballer

rachel yankeyArsenal midfielder Rachel Yankey made history on Sunday when she made her 125th appearance for England in a 1-0 win against Canada.

That makes her the most capped England outfield player of all time – both men and women. She’s also equalled goalkeeper Peter Shilton’s record set back in 1990 across the 20 years of his international career.

Before the weekend’s game, she paid tribute to Shilton, saying: “Peter Shilton is a legend, it will be absolutely amazing to say I’ve played as many England games as he did.

“I still enjoy playing for England and if I can get more caps and go to the Euros [the European Championship, to be held in Sweden this summer] then that would be brilliant for me.

“I just want to keep on playing. I still feel privileged to be out there.”

Yankey made her England debut in 1997, aged 17, having broken into the Arsenal first team the year before. Since then, she’s combined playing football with coaching it, working with children in schools, and in 2006 was honoured with an MBE for services to the game.

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