Katie Chapman to take break from international football

England midfielder steps down from international scene after struggling to "juggle family life and football"

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff    
katie chapman
Katie Chapman has scored eight goals for England Photo: The Football Association

katie chapman

England Women’s midfielder Katie Chapman has decided to take a break from international football and will miss this summer’s World Cup.

The 28-year-old informed the national side’s coach Hope Powell of her decision before the squad met up ahead of Saturday’s World Cup warm-up against the United States at Matchroom Stadium.

Chapman has earned 82 international caps and has scored eight goals, her most recent strike coming against Spain at The Den last April, the game’s only goal.

She was a key member of the England squad that featured in three consecutive major tournaments; the 2005 and 2009 Euros and the 2007 World Cup.

Chapman will continue to play for Arsenal during her international break.

Everton forward Natasha Dowie has replaced Chapman in the current squad.

Powell said: “With two young children and her commitments at Arsenal, Katie has understandably found it difficult to juggle her family life and her football.

“She has been a wonderful servant to England over the years. I have spoken with her and I fully respect her decision.”

MORE: Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool stars among players out of contract in 2018

MORE: Seven reasons why Chelsea must keep Cesc Fabregas

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Back to The Sport Review homepage

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
20 Chelsea transfer targets Antonio Conte could sign in the summer
The Sport Review
Top 25 Muslim football players in Premier League: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal WAGs 2017: Meet Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wives and girlfriends
The Sport Review
Roberto Firmino: 25 photos of the Liverpool forward’s stunning wife
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool stars among 16 players out of contract in 2018
The Sport Review
Cesar Azpilicueta sends message to rival after Chelsea’s 4-2 win over Southampton on Instagram
The Sport Review
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte makes summer transfer claim about Man United
The Sport Review
Arsene Wenger sends message to Arsenal fans about summer transfers