Jo Potter on the ball during the game. Reading Ladies v Birmingham City Ladies FA WSL football match, Adams Park Stadium, High Wycombe, UK - 23 Sep 2018 Photo: Kunjan Malde for The FA

Reading, Birmingham City and England legend Potter retires

Former England international midfielder Jo Potter has today announced her retirement for professional football following a 21-year senior career.

Potter enjoyed spells with the likes of Birmingham City, Everton, and Arsenal before being released by latest club Reading in the summer of 2020. Her three-year stint with The Royals proved to be her last with Potter having been without a club since last summer and she has now decided to call time on her glittering career.

The player announced her retirement on her personal Twitter account earlier today.

The midfielder also represented her country on 35 occasions and was part of the England squad which won an historic Bronze Medal during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.

Potter broke onto the scene back in 1999 when she was promoted through the Chesterfield Centre of Excellence before making the switch to Sheffield Wednesday and then Birmingham City for her first of three spells with the club.

She also reached three Women’s FA Cup finals with Arsenal, Charlton Athletic and in her final stint with Birmingham, winning the trophy with The Gunners and the Blues respectively.

Potter has worked for the BBC offering analysis on women’s football between her playing time since 2007 and it stands to reason that this will be a venture she shall be exploring in the future. Whatever the next steps may hold for Potter, she has already etched her name in English football history.

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