Today Jen Beattie brings her 15 year international career in dark blue to an end.
The Arsenal defender earned her first Scottish cap at just 16 years old, and has since gone on to make 143 more appearances, scoring 24 goals along the way.
Throughout her incredible journey in blue and white, Beattie helped her home side reach the 2017 Women’s European Championship and the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup- in which she found the net in an exciting 3-3 draw against Argentina.
“I feel now is the right time to hang up my Scotland boots”.
The centre-backs final appearance for Scotland came during the heartbreaking 1-0 loss to the Republic of Ireland, which knocked them out of the 2023 World Cup.
Beattie was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2023 New Year Honours for services to association football and charity. Her work included Cancer Research- a charity which became very close to Jen since her breast cancer diagnosis in 2020- and her role as an Arsenal Academy ambassador.
Across social media platforms there has been an immense amount of support for the Scottish legend, in which Jen has returned her gratitude: “To every single member of staff past and present, thank you so much”.
The 31 year old now turns her focus to Arsenal, as she’s “still got so much love for the game”.