Karen Bardsley (#13 England) during the Women's International Friendly match between England and Canada at the Bet365 Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom - Lexy Ilsley/Sports Press Photo

The FA to pay tribute to England legend Bardsley ahead of Netherlands clash

The Football Association will pay tribute to England legend Karen Bardsley prior to the Lionesses’ fixture against The Netherlands at Elland Road tomorrow night.

Bardsley recently announced her retirement from the game after enjoying a glittering 20-year playing career which has seen the player represent her country on 82 occasions at senior level.

The keeper represented England at seven different major tournaments, helping the Lionesses to finish as runners-up at the UEFA Women’s EURO 2009 and to record a third-place finish at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015. Bardsley lifted the SheBelieves Cup with England in 2019 while she was twice a Cyprus Cup winner with her country.

Additionally, Bardsley was also a member of the Team GB side which competed at the London 2012 Olympics. She missed last summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo as a result of an injury.

The Football Association have informed FAWSL Full-Time that they will celebrate Bardsley’s achievements tomorrow night when England face The Netherlands in an international friendly at Elland Road in Leeds. Baroness Sue Campbell will lead a presentation for Bardsley which is scheduled to take place pitch-side at around 7.30pm.

England’s fixture against The Netherlands is their final game on home soil before the start of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022.

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