Everton Women’s forward Nicoline Sorensen will retire from professional football next month to pursue other opportunities.

Manager Brian Sorensen will lose his namesake after the league clash with title contenders Manchester City on Sunday December 17.

The club’s CEO Alan McTavish said: “Nicoline has been a key part of our squad over the past three years and signed a new one-year deal in the summer.

“However, she recently informed us of her plans to retire from professional football and, after careful consideration, we have reluctantly taken the decision to release her from her contract.

“She will remain part of the Women’s Senior Team squad until our game with Manchester City.

“Whatever Nicoline’s next steps are, on behalf of everyone at Everton, I would like to wish her all the very best for the future.”

The 26-year-old joined the Toffees in July 2020, making the switch from her native Denmark as she left Brondby for Merseyside.

A fans’ favourite in L4, she played in all 22 of The Blues’ WSL matches in the following season, and quickly established herself as one of the first names on the teamsheet at Walton Hall Park.

Integral to Everton’s FA Cup run in 2020, the attacker was minutes away from adding a winner’s medal to her collection, but they lost the final to Manchester City.