Arsenal captain Kim Little has made the decision to retire from international football. The 31-year-old made her debut for Scotland when she was 16 and has made 140 appearances for them since 2007.
Scotland failed to qualify for next summer’s European Championships in England and with 2023 World Cup qualifying set to start again later this month, Kim has decided to call time and focus on her club career. “Stepping away from playing international football is something I have been considering for a while and I feel now is the right time to make that change,” Kim told the Scottish FA website.
“I am proud of the 15 years I have spent representing the national team. I have developed and grown as a person through my experiences representing my country and know they will help me in countless ways in the future.
“Thank you to my teammates for being incredibly empowering and inspiring women. My most vivid and fondest memories are from being by your side on and off the pitch through good times and some challenging times, pushing for progress for the women’s game.
For the goals, for the incredible memories, for taking us to our first ever major tournaments, for inspiring the next generation of footballers to follow in your footsteps – for everything:
Thank you, Kim. pic.twitter.com/7bsq6Z8eO7
— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) September 1, 2021
“I now look forward to supporting you all from afar and can’t wait to watch you perform and continue to improve the women’s game in Scotland, paving the way for more young girls to have a career as a footballer.
“I want to wish Pedro and the team all the very best for the up-and-coming qualifiers in September and for the rest of the campaign and beyond.”
Scotland recently replaced one former Arsenal coach in Shelley Kerr with another former Gunners boss in Pedro Losa. Kim has also represented Team GB at the 2012 and 2020 Olympic Games.