By Ali Rampling
Jen Beattie has announced her retirement from international football, ending her 15-year career with Scotland.
Beattie made his first-team debut aged 17 against the United States in May 2008 and went on to make 144 caps for his country, scoring 24 goals.
The centre-back was a key figure in Scotland’s qualifying for their first major women’s tournament when they booked their place at the 2017 European Championships. However, injury denied her a place at the tournament.
Beattie helped Scotland qualify for their first ever Women’s World Cup two years later, and played every minute of her country’s group stage in France. The Arsenal defender scored in Scotland’s final group match against Argentina, but his side were eliminated after a breathless 3-3 draw.
Beattie scored in Scotland’s 2-0 win against England in 2011, their first win against the Lionesses since 1977.
He recently helped Scotland reach the World Cup playoffs ahead of the 2023 tournament in Australia and New Zealand, but his side were beaten by Ireland.
Beattie will continue his club career with Arsenal, with whom he signed a new contract in the summer of 2022. His Gunners contract also includes a mentoring role with the club’s academy. Beattie has played five times in the WSL for Arsenal this season.
This article was originally posted on 90min.com as Jen Beattie retires from international football.
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