Karen Carney MBE


About Karen Carney MBE

With over 100 caps for England under her belt, and a former captain for both England's Lionesses and Chelsea Ladies FC, Karen Carney definitely has a knack for reaching her goals. Karen's expertise and experience at playing at the very highest level of women's football at both Champions League final and the World Cup - most recently at the 2019 World Cup in France where she announced her retirement from playing - has seen Karen as a much sought after broadcaster covering all football on the BBC and BT Sports providing expert analysis on various games from the studio.

Karen was listed in the New Year's Honours List in 2017 to receive an MBE for her services to football.

She made her senior debut for England aged 17, against Italy in 2005. Her success was only just beginning when later that year she became an integral part of the team at the UEFA Women's Euro 2005, scoring a last-minute, game-winning goal in the win over Finland.

Her fantastic track record performing for England resulted in her receiving her 100th cap at Wembley Stadium in November 2014, only the fourth English woman to reach the milestone at the time. Karen also took her skills stateside, playing a season in the USA with the Chicago Red Stars.

Alongside winning 66 matches, and notching 27 goals for her country to date, Karen signed with Chelsea Ladies FC on New Years Day this year. Currently a winger for the club, Karen has already clocked up an exciting career prior, featuring both Arsenal FC and Birmingham City FC, where she became the first woman to be inducted into the club’s hall of fame.

Having also represented Great Britain in the 18-player squad at the 2012 London Olympic games, we think it’s safe to say Karen lives and breathes football.


BBC Sports - Pundit, Guest and Commentator

Chelsea Ladies - 2018 - Captain

BT Sport - Pundit & Guest

talkSPORT - Pundit & Guest

Premier League Productions - Pundit & Guest

Sky Sports - Pundit & Guest

Member of the Order of the British Empire - MBE

England Squad - 2005-2019

Chelsea Ladies FC - 2015-2019

Birmingham City FC - 2011-2015

USA Chicago Red Stars - 2009-2010

Arsenal Ladies FC - 2006-2009

Birmingham City FC - 2001-2006