Karen Carney

Karen Carney

Karen Carney is a former footballer. Who now is the lead female analyst and pundit for both men’s and women’s football on Sky Sports. She has fronted the sport for ITV. Recently seen fronting the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar – the BBC, CBS and BT Sport.  Karen is one of the greatest English footballers in the history of the women’s game.  She has gone from midfield maestro to commanding centre stage on the after-dinner circuit. Winning countless medals for both club and country. Karen, who played a staggering 144 times for England, is now one of the most recognisable football speakers in the industry.


Karen Carney is one of the UK’s most popular footballing personalities. A member of England’s team for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup which came third place in the tournament. She is now a BBC football pundit covering the men’s and women’s game. Described by England manager Phil Neville as “A big moment player”. Her impressive record at both domestic and international level has seen her twice named FA Young Player of the Year. Earning 143 caps for England, the second most in history. Behind only Fara Williams in both male and female football.

Mental Health

A trailblazing winger whose contribution to football off the field is almost as great as her contribution on it. Carney was widely praised for speaking up on her battle with depression, homelessness and self-harm during the 2011 World Cup and the London 2012 Olympic Games. Creating a conversation that has supported many around the world in seeking help for mental illness.


Karen started at Birmingham City, where she would earn two Young Player of the Year awards. She joined before Arsenal, where she would play a key role in the dominant team of the mid-2000s. Arsenal won three successive doubles. Winning the FA Women’s Premier League National Division and FA Women’s Cup in 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08. These impressive trophies, were extended. Arsenal winning the UEFA Women’s Cup and FA Women’s Premier League Cup in the 2006-07 season. She was drafted into the England team for the 2011 World Cup and would play in all four of Great Britain’s games on their journey to the quarter finals of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

She would retain her place as a key player in the England team for the coming seasons. Helping them to succeed in the Cyprus Cup in 2009, 2013 and 2015, bringing her an MBE for services to football in 2017. She would also win the SheBelieves Cup in 2019, helping the side to a third-place finish in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Media work

Her experiences in and around the game became the subject of a documentary, A Day in the Life: Karen Carney, broadcast on BT Sports. Recently she starred on the first all-female world cup panel on ITV. Joined by Seema Jaswal and Eniola Aluko. A regular BBC columnist and presenter who headlines the BBC punditry team on matchday alongside Peter Crouch and co. As well as hosts on BBC Radio 5Live, Karen Carney is one of the most insightful and prominent British football presenters.

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