Rachel Yankey breaks Peter Shilton's England caps record
Rachel Yankey became England’s most capped international after she skippered the Three Lionesses during their 1-1 draw against Japan today (26 June) in Burton.
The Arsenal Ladies midfielder beat former men’s goalkeeper Peter Shilton’s record of 125 caps.
“Peter Shilton is a legend and I am not going to compare myself in any way with anything he has done but, in my own right, I have done well,” she said.
Yankey, who was part of the Team GB squad that reached the quarter-finals of the 2012 Olympics in London, made her first England appearance in a 4-0 win against Scotland in 1997.
“My first international kit was an extra large men’s kit, it was ridiculous,” she told BBC Sport. “I was a little 17-year-old kid and I didn’t care that you couldn’t see any part of me, it was a big kit.”
Yankey has netted 19 times for her country, has featured in two World Cups and is preparing for the third European Championship of her 16-year international career.
The friendly against world champions Japan at the Pirelli Stadium was watched by 4,500 school children, who were given access to the game for free as part of The FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
Defender Lucy Bronze told theFA.com: “Japan are one of the best nations in women’s football – their passing and their technical ability is unbelievable, and some of their individual players are amazing.
“To play them coming up to a tournament like this it will be a good measure of where we’re at as a team. If we can challenge against them, what’s to say we can’t compete against any team in the Euros.”
Hope Powell’s side travel to Sweden for a friendly against the tournament hosts on 4 July before beginning their Euro 2013 campaign against Spain on 12 July.
England Women’s matches at the UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 Championship will be broadcast live on BBC.
From BBC Sport