Scotland Women’s National Team midfielder Kim Little has taken the decision to end her international career before the 2023 Women’s World Cup qualification campaign begins this month.
Aged 31, Kim made her debut in 2007 against Japan aged only 16 and went on to amass 140 appearances for the national team, becoming one of the all-time greats to play for Scotland.
For the goals, for the incredible memories, for taking us to our first ever major tournaments, for inspiring the next generation of footballers to follow in your footsteps – for everything:— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) September 1, 2021
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Kim won her 50th cap, and scored the opening goal, in a 2-0 Cyprus Women's Cup win over England in March 2011. She then helped Scotland qualify for their first ever major tournament, EURO 2017, ultimately missing out due to injury.
In 2018, Little scored against Switzerland in a 2-1 victory in front of a record crowd in Paisley which proved crucial in qualification for the 2019 World Cup. During the tournament the midfielder started in all three group games, scoring the opener against Argentina in a 3-3 draw at Parc Des Princes.
Throughout Kim’s successful period with the national team, she has amassed numerous accolades for her impressive performances on the pitch, most notably when she was named BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2016.
Kim Little said: “Stepping away from playing international football is something I have been considering for a while and I feel now is the right time to make that change.
“I am proud of the 15 years I have spent representing the national team. I have developed and grown as a person through my experiences representing my country and know they will help me in countless ways in the future.
“Thank you to my teammates for being incredibly empowering and inspiring women. My most vivid and fondest memories are from being by your side on and off the pitch through good times and some challenging times, pushing for progress for the women’s game.
“I now look forward to supporting you all from afar and can’t wait to watch you perform and continue to improve the women’s game in Scotland, paving the way for more young girls to have a career as a footballer.
“I want to wish Pedro and the team all the very best for the up-and-coming qualifiers in September and for the rest of the campaign and beyond.”
Scotland Women’s National Team head coach, Pedro Martinez Losa said: “Kim has contributed hugely to the women’s game in Scotland and will go down in history as one of the best players to pull on the national team jersey.
“While it is obviously disappointing that Kim will no longer be available for international selection, I understand and respect her decision. It is now time for the next generation of players to follow in Kim’s footsteps and make their own mark with the national team.
“On behalf of everyone involved in women’s football in Scotland I would like to thank Kim for everything she has done both on the pitch as a player but also as a role model to young girls who have admired her and aim to follow in her footsteps.
“We wish Kim all the best as she continues her club career with Arsenal and look forward to welcoming her to Hampden Park as a supporter in the future.”