Izzy Christiansen, an English and Everton midfielder, will give up playing football at the end of this year.
The 31-year-old began his career with Everton in 2008 before spending time at Lyon, Manchester City, Birmingham City, and Manchester City. He then returned to the Toffees in 2020.
She made her England debut in 2015 and was a member of the team that won the SheBelieves Cup in 2019. She has earned 31 caps for England and has scored six goals.
She declared, “What I have accomplished is beyond my wildest dreams.” “Choosing this conclusion was a really wonderful opportunity. When I was a little child playing on the school field with a ball, I had no idea this was what my future would hold. Dream huge.
It definitely couldn’t have been a greater finale for me to play my last game on Saturday at Manchester City Academy Stadium. I played some of my finest football in my hometown on some gorgeous grass, according to Christiansen. Christiansen, who frequently comments on men’s and women’s football on television and radio, won the Women’s FA Cup in 2012 with Birmingham before moving on to the new WSL team Manchester City in February 2014.
Later that year, she contributed to City’s League Cup victory before playing a crucial part in their WSL and League Cup triumphs in 2016. For her contribution to those victories, she was named the PFA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year.
Before returning to Everton in early 2020, she won the Women’s Champions League, FA Cup, and French league in her first season with the team. Christiansen had a difficult time staying healthy when she initially joined the Toffees, but she won their player of the year in 2020–21 as they advanced to the FA Cup final, where they lost to Manchester City.
She participated in every league game last season, with the exception of the final two due to injury, but this year, under new manager Brian Sorensen, she has only started four WSL games. She has been a great player and captain, according to Sorensen. “I recall her competing against us [his former team Fortuna Hjorring] in the Women’s Champions League in Denmark.”
She has excelled as a player as a person both on and off the field. I hope the best for her. Although I regret her choice to retire, I admire it since it was hers. Christiansen stated that playing for England was “the highest honor,” although she has not participated in Lionesses matches since 2019. She competed for England in the 2017 European Championships, when Mark Sampson’s team advanced to the semifinals, but she was forced to withdraw from the 2019 World Cup owing to an ankle injury.