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Golden girl Foster will train as ref and coach.

ALTHOUGH now retired from playing football after a rewarding career, Cheryl Foster will still remain very much involved in the game.

Bangor-born and Llandudno-raised Foster, 33, who earned 63 senior caps for Wales, plans to maintain her bond with the sport by training to be a referee and developing her coaching skills.

It was a special night for the former Liverpool and Doncaster Belles striker last Thursday when she received a Golden Cap for making 50 international appearances at half time of the Wales v Montenegro World Cup qualifier from FAW president Trefor Lloyd Hughes.

The elite award is given to players who reach a half-century of caps whose international days are over and Foster joins the likes of Wales legend Jayne Ludlow in the Golden Cap club.

"It was a very proud moment and it was especially nice that my family were there," said PE teacher Foster.

"I spent my early career at Bangor, so it was great to receive my award there."

Foster, who made her senior Wales debut in 1997, cites winning her 50th cap and captaining the side against Slovenia and playing in front of 20,000 in a World Cup qualifier in Germany as her greatest international moments.

She decided to retire from club football at the end of last season and is now training to become a referee.

"There are a lot of opportunities for women to progress as referees within FIFA - far more than there used to be," she said.

"I'd like to thank Bishops' Blue Coat Church of England High School in Chester for continuing to support me in my career, as they always did when I was playing."

Foster is backing the current Wales side to qualify for the World Cup Finals for the first time.

"There was a lot of quality when I last played for Wales, but the squad has kicked on again and they've got the momentum now to go on and qualify for the finals."

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Date:May 14, 2014
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