Everton and former England defender Lindsay Johnson retires

Lindsay Johnson
Johnson was part of the 2010 Everton Ladies FA Cup winning side that beat Arsenal 3-2

Everton Ladies and former England defender Lindsay Johnson has retired from football at the age of 35.

The centre-back joined the Toffees in 2003 and won the League Cup in 2008 and the Women's FA Cup in 2010 with the club.

Johnson, who previously spent two seasons at Liverpool, said it had been a hard decision to make.

"It's come round quite quick really, even though I've been here nearly 13 years now," she said.

"I'm really sad, but I think it's the right time.

"It's time there is a real shuffle about in the squad and I think me stepping away will help that."

The Hartlepool-born player won 43 England caps during her international career, and played at the 2007 World Cup and 2009 European Championship.

Johnson opted to remain with Everton in 2014 despite their relegation from Women's Super League 1 and said she would consider returning to the club in the future in an off-field position.

"I've played for Everton for so long that if there is something for me down the line to help the club get back up and stay there, it would be something that I could consider," she added.