Kelly Smith: Where does retired Arsenal legend rank among England's greatest?


Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst, Sir Bobby Charlton, David Beckham and Wayne Rooney would all likely be found on a list of English football's greats.

But should there be a place too for Kelly Smith?

After England's all-time record goalscorer announced her retirement on Wednesday, most key figures in the game would agree she was her country's finest female player.

And with eight goals in 20 appearances at major international tournaments, there can be no doubt that the Arsenal Ladies legend delivered for England on the biggest stage.

Yet it was not just with a stunning volley from halfway or an iconic, celebratory kiss of her boot that Smith left her indelible mark on English football.

Successful stars are a necessity for a sport to grow; where would British cycling be without Chris Boardman? Gymnastics without Beth Tweddle? Darts without Phil 'The Power' Taylor?

It would be impossible to calculate the number of young females Smith has inspired to play football, so where does she rank among England's most influential footballers?