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Abily bids adieu to Les Bleues

Camille Abily (France)
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  • Camille Abily retires from international football after almost 16 years with France
  • Defeat to England at EURO 2017 was her last game for Les Bleues
  • A tally of 183 caps sees her sit second in nation's all-time appearance standings

Having seen Louisa Cadamuro retire a year ago, France fans must shed a tear again as Les *Bleues* legend Camille Abily has called time on her career representing the national team. With 183 caps, she sits behind only Sandrine Soubeyrand in the list of her nation's most capped players of any gender.

Abily hangs up her boots internationally after seeing her side exit UEFA Women's EURO 2017 after a 1-0 defeat at the hands of England in the quarter-final stage, bringing the curtain down on almost half a life of the 32-year-old representing her country. Having appeared at the inaugural FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in 2002, the No10 attended two senior FIFA Women's World Cups and two Olympic games, while across a rich career with her country.

Abily's France career in numbers

2001 The year Abily made her debut, enjoying a 3-1 win over the Netherlands on 26 September, aged just 16 years old. As she made her final bow on 30 July 2017, her France career spanned 15 years, ten months and four days.

35  In that time, Abily saw her name go up on the scoreboard 35 times. The first goal arrived four-and-a-half years after her debut, during a 2-0 win over China PR on 28 February 2007. Her last, a free-kick against Switzerland at EURO 2017, sees her sit ahead of Elodie Thomis in sixth in the all-time scorers list for France.

11 Abily stepped across the white line 11 times at the Women's World Cup, most successfully in 2011. She helped her side reach the last four, losing out to USA on penalties, while reaching the last eight four years later in Canada. Three EUROs saw her clock up 14 games, with ten at the Olympics.

0 While her trophy cabinet is bolstered by Cyprus Cup, in 2012 and 2014, and 2017 SheBelieves winners medals, Abily never got the chance to replicate the glory of her club career with Lyon - with 12 national titles and four UEFA Women's Champions League wins so far - at national level.

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