The greatest women's footballer England has ever produced sits in the front room of her first-floor apartment in the midst of an elegant row of Victorian houses in north London. Kelly Smith's Boston Terrier, Koda, lies curled up on the sofa. The winter sun streams in through the window. Now and again, it glints off the little silver cannon Arsenal presented to her on the pitch at the Emirates last weekend in recognition of her service to the club after she announced her retirement last month. Kelly Smith is regarded as the greatest women's footballer England has ever produced.
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When the striker called out racism in football, it ended her international career. She explains why the fight was worth it. E niola Aluko is one of only 11 female footballers to have played more than times for England. But it is as a whistleblower that she is destined to be best remembered. And, like many whistleblowers, she has spent the subsequent years being rubbished by those she exposed. Now she has written a memoir. But the book is at its best when she reveals exactly what happened after she accused the England management team of racism, and the Football Association of turning a blind eye to it.
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Nearly , people will pack Wembley Stadium tonight to witness England's bid to make the World Cup finals with a draw or victory over Croatia. If the lads make it to South Africa, the nation will dream once more of repeating the success and winning World Cup. But there is an unheralded side bearing the Three Lions with a more immediate chance of glory - the England women's side, who tomorrow compete in the European Championship final.
Phil Neville has taken to social media to highlight the horrific abuse one of his players has received. Phil Neville has revealed the sickening abuse one of his England Women players has received on Instagram. The former Manchester United and Everton man took to social media himself this week to highlight the awful messages, calling for the social media site to take action. In the first post, he wrote: "A message sent to one of my lionesses players last night absolutely disgraceful - instagram are you going to do something about it!!!!!