Izzy Christiansen announces retirement

After a playing career spanning fourteen seasons, Izzy Christiansen has announced that she will retire at the end of this season. Now aged 31, the England international first appeared for Everton in 2008, and has since enjoyed stints at Birmingham City, Manchester City and Lyon. She rejoined the Toffees in 2020, and will play her final game for Brian Sorensen’s side on Saturday as they travel to Manchester City’s Academy Stadium.

In 31 appearances for the national team, Christiansen scored six goals and played a fundamental role in England lifting the SheBelieves Cup in 2019. She’s enjoyed plenty of club silverware too – winning the Women’s FA Cup with Birmingham. While at Manchester City, Christiansen lifted the League Cup twice, in addition to the WSL title and the second FA Cup of her career.

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During her stint in France, the midfielder won the treble – lifting the Division 1 Féminine, Coupe de France Féminine and the UEFA Women’s Champions League. The trophies have dried up since her return to Merseyside though, despite reaching the final of the FA Cup in 2021.

Though her playing days are over, Christiansen is set to have a prosperous career in the sport. She already regularly appears as a pundit and co-commentator, both for TV and radio coverage. Speaking on Three Players and a Podcast, the midfielder said that she has ‘been working really hard on the media side of things, analysing football, data to try to deliver decent punditry or radio commentary’.