‘The right time’: Jen Beattie on signing off from Scotland duty and next steps | Scotland women’s football team

Jen Beattie’s decision to step back from international football after 144 caps and 15 years has come at the “right time” and is a step towards planning for a life beyond playing.

The Arsenal defender, awarded an MBE in the new year honours list for services to football and charity, has stepped back from Scotland duty as the team gear up for a new cycle after missing out on qualification for this year’s World Cup.

“Not making the World Cup was really disappointing,” says the 31-year-old. “If we had made the World Cup I would have pushed to be selected for that, but I think it…

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