Chelsea and England midfielder Katie Chapman to retire in May

Chelsea captain Katie Chapman and manager Emma Hayes: Won the league and cup double this year
Image: Chelsea captain Katie Chapman celebrated a league and cup double in 2015.

Chelsea and England midfielder Katie Chapman has announced she will retire from professional football at the end of the season.

Chapman turns 36 next month and has called time on an illustrious career that has included three Women's Super League titles and 10 FA Women's Cups.

She played for six clubs including two spells with Arsenal, where she won two of those leagues titles and three FA Cups as well as UEFA Women's Cup, and a stint in the USA with Chicago Red Stars.

ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 08:  Katie Chapman of England in action during the UEFA Women's European Qualifer between England and Belgium at The New York St
Image: Katie Chapman picked up 94 caps for England, scoring eight goals.

She also won 94 caps for England Women, scoring eight goals, but had not been selected since 2015.

She won her third Women's Super League title that year with Chelsea, after signing for the Blues in January 2014, and has been the club's captain. She will now take up an ambassadorial role at Stamford Bridge.

Image: Katie Chapman signed for Chelsea in January 2014.

Chapman told the club's website on Thursday: "I've had a great career, no regrets, and I've won so many trophies - I don't even know how many, off the top of my head, and I probably should.

"I'm grateful I have my children and I managed to have them during my career, so they've been able to grow up while I'm playing and see a lot of it. For me, my focus is on enjoying them and having a bit of my time back."

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