Fara Williams is England’s record cap holder. Photo by Luke Walker – The FA/The FA via Getty Images
England legends Fara Williams and Rachel Yankey have been announced as the first two inductees into the Women’s Super League Hall of Fame.
Williams, who spent time with Everton, Liverpool, Arsenal and Reading, had played in every season of the WSL before she announced her retirement in April and is England’s record cap holder.
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Yankey won every competition in the country with Arsenal, which makes her one of the league’s most-decorated players.
“Wow… I’m honoured to be inducted into the Barclays FA WSL Hall of Fame,” Williams wrote on social media.
“Growing up playing on my estate I never dreamed of being a professional footballer. I just loved the game and still do now, so to be recognised in this way is so special to me and such a huge honour.
“I hope my journey from being a young girl playing with the boys through to becoming professional; winning titles, lifting the FA Cup, and representing my country can inspire the next generation of the amazing talent we have in this country.
“The women’s game is making great strides and it’s a privilege to be part of it! Thank you to everyone for all their messages and never give up on your dreams.”
The midfielder won the league title twice, both times with Liverpool, and made 147 appearances overall.
With England, she represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics and won a bronze medal at the 2015 World Cup.
Yankey won two league titles with Arsenal and is considered one of the most skilful wingers the league has ever seen. She also spent time with Fulham and the New Jersey Wildcats.
She has 129 England caps and was part of the same 2012 Olympics squad as Williams.
Two more inductees will be announced by Thursday.