Rachel Brown-Finnis: England and Everton keeper retires

Rachel Brown-Finnis
Rachel Brown-Finnis began her professional career at Liverpool Ladies

Everton Ladies and England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis has announced her retirement from football.

The 34-year-old made her England debut at 16 and featured at two World Cups, earning 82 caps, and played at the 2012 Olympics for Great Britain.

Brown-Finnis, who has been with Everton since 2003, will take up an ambassadorial role.

"It is simply down to the amount of pain I suffer with my knee and back over the course of a season," she said.

"It is emotional for me but I think now is the right time."

Rachel Brown-Finnis
Brown-Finnis (second from right) was part of the Team GB squad that reach the quarter-finals of the 2012 London Olympics

Before her move to Everton, Brown-Finnis spent five years playing in America.

She helped the Merseyside club win the FA Women's Cup in 2012, as well as finish as runners-up in the women's top flight five times, but they were relegated this season.

"We are in new territory. A former player staying on at the club as an ambassador has never been done before," she added.

"Anything I can do, with my experience on and off the pitch, I would just love to give that back to a club that has given me so much."