England women lose experienced forward
25 Oct 2005 10:28
England Hockey: Following the European Nations Cup in Dublin in August, England and Great Britain forward, Leisa King, has announced her retirement from international hockey.
King won her first cap in 1997 and had been a regular member of the England squad since that time.
During her international career, King won 125 caps (106 for England and 19 for GB), scoring 44 England goals. She played in a number of major international tournaments including the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002 where she was a silver medallist.
“Leisa has been one of the most exciting players England has ever produced, and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work with such a talented athlete during my tenure,” England women’s coach Danny Kerry said.
“Leisa brought fun and laughter to the group, but underneath this exterior she has always been a real competitor on the pitch.
“Her diving reverse stick deflection goal against New Zealand in the Champions Challenge to finish off an excellent team move this summer typified her skill and desire. Replacing such a talent in the squad will not be easy.”