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By Jacob Whitehead and Holly Percival
6 October 2021 3:07 PM GMT+1
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Former England internationals Fara Williams and Rachel Yankey have been named as the first inductees into the Women’s Super League Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame was set up to mark the 10 year anniversary of the competition, and two more players will be named as members over the coming days.

Williams tallied 172 caps for England in a glittering career, appearing in seven major championships for the national team, as well as representing Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics.

She scored 40 international goals, and is England’s all-time most-capped footballer.

A central midfielder, she also played over 200 times in the top division of women’s football, with half of those appearances coming in an eight-year spell at Everton, where she captained the club to the 2010 FA Cup.

Leaving Everton for Merseyside rivals Liverpool, Williams then won another FA Cup and two WSL titles, in 2013 and 2014.

Williams also played for Charlton, Arsenal, and Reading, appearing in every season of the WSL, before announcing her retirement in April 2021.

Yankey made 129 appearances for England across her 16-year international career. She is one of the country’s most decorated players having won every competition with Arsenal, including two WSL titles in 2011 and 2012.

The 41-year-old was part of the only English team to win the Champions League, previously known as the UEFA Women’s Cup when Arsenal lifted the trophy in 2007.

A winger with one of the best left feet to grace the female game, Yankey spent most of her career at Arsenal where she made 188 appearances across two stints. She also scored 51 goals.

Prior to her return to Arsenal, Yankey had spells at Fulham, Birmingham and New Jersey Wildcats. After a loan spell at Notts County before her contract at Arsenal expired, Yankey retired in 2016.

Speaking about Williams, Kelly Simmons, chair of the WSL Hall of Fame panel, said: “Induction into the Barclays FA Women’s Super League Hall of Fame is the highest individual honour offered by the league and I am delighted that Fara is our first inductee.

“She is one of those players that can do something special when you least expect it, and because of that, as well as having been an ever-present in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League prior to her retirement, the panel was unanimous in her being inducted.

“Not only was she an incredible player, but she is a wonderful person, and she is fully deserving of her induction into the inaugural Barclays FA Women’s Super League Hall of Fame. Congratulations Fara.”

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