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Stewart Downing: The former England Winger announces retirement

The former Middlesbrough, Aston Villa, Liverpool and West Ham winger decides to hang up his boots at the age of 37

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Stewart downing applauding middlesbrough fans

Stewart downing applauding middlesbrough fans

The announcement means that his 20-year career as a professional footballer comes to an end. He spent his last two seasons at Blackburn Rovers making a total of 62 appearances.

 

“After some time to relax and reflect with my family over the summer, I have decided the time has come to retire," he said in a statement.

 

"I would like to thank all the football clubs I played for during my career and all of their fantastic fans and staff. I'd also like to thank all of the great managers I played for.

 

"As I kid I could have only dreamed of playing for the teams I played for and of getting to share the pitch with some of the players I shared a pitch with. I played with and against 

some unbelievable players over the years.”

 

The Boro legend enjoyed a memorable career winning two League cups, one with Middlesbrough and another with Liverpool. 

 

He was capped for England 35 times and included in the Three Lions squads that took part in the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2012. 

 

"I look back on the 35 times that I played for England with immense pride and I made some incredible memories that will last a lifetime,” he added.

 

"I feel very lucky and fortunate to have had the career I had.”

 

Clubs and former colleagues wished him on his retirement as he looks forward to seeing a new chapter in his life unfold.

 

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The Brazilian was brought into Newcastle as a striker but has thrived ever since new manager Eddie Howe played him in midfield

11 months ago

Barcelona crest outside Camp Nou stadium

TRANSFERS

Barcelona have completed the signing of Ferran Torres from Manchester City

The Catalans have confirmed the agreement of a deal that would see the 21-year-old wear the Blaugrana shirt until 2027

11 months ago

Ex-Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez at Soccerex Asian Forum

LA LIGA

Why Xavi must focus on winning the Europa League with Barcelona this season

The Catalans drop out of the Champions League Group Stage for the first time in 21 years, further adding to their financial woes.

11 months ago

View of Braemar Road stand, Griffin Park

PREMIER LEAGUE

Manchester United's game against Brentford postponed following COVID-19 outbreak withing United squad

United had to close down their first-team training complex after a number of players and staff returned positive Lateral Flow Tests(LFT)

11 months ago

View of Braemar Road stand, Griffin Park

PREMIER LEAGUE

Brentford to extend the life of current home kit to 2022/23 season

The club’s first-ever premier league home kit will be rolled over to next season

1 year ago

Official La Liga logo

LA LIGA

Bilbao, Barcelona and Madrid join hands in obstructing the deal between CVC and La Liga

Top Spanish first division clubs have proposed an alternative to La Liga’s CVC deal that does not involve the league’s stakes.

1 year ago

View of Sir Alex Ferguson stand, Old Trafford

PREVIEWS

Match Preview: Manchester United vs Arsenal

Manchester United's last game under Michael Carrick sees them battling it out against rivals Arsenal at Old Trafford in the pursuit of top four.

1 year ago

View of Goodison Park, Liverpool

PREVIEWS

Match Preview: Everton vs Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp’s high-flying reds cross the Stanley Park to take on a wobbly Everton side in what would be the 239th Merseyside Derby

1 year ago

Ray Kennedy playing for Liverpool in 1981

PREMIER LEAGUE

Arsenal and Liverpool great Ray Kennedy passes away at the age of 70

The legendary midfielder was known for his stints at Arsenal and the all-winning Liverpool side of the 70s

1 year ago

Ralf Rangnick as RB Leipzig head coach in 2019

PREMIER LEAGUE

Manchester United confirm the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager

The German will take charge on an interim basis for the rest of the season, following which, he will continue in a consultancy role for two more years

1 year ago

Gareth Southgate during England's game against Belgium

INTERNATIONALS

Gareth Southgate signs new England deal till 2024 December

Southgate, whose previous contract ended after the 2022 World Cup, extends his stay for two more years

1 year ago

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer former Manchester United player and manager

PREMIER LEAGUE

Massive outpouring of love for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from fans, players as United release an emotional farewell video

Manchester United announced the departure of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spectacularly by releasing a farewell interview

1 year ago

Picture taken from the stands during Lyon vs Marseille

LIGUE 1

Crowd trouble forces Ligue 1 fixture Lyon vs Marseille to be abandoned

France’s top tier league has seen yet another fixture marred by fresh episode of fan trouble

1 year ago

View of Sir Alex Ferguson stand, Old Trafford

PREMIER LEAGUE

Manchester United confirm Solskjaer departure

The Norwegian leaves after almost three years since he replaced Jose Mourinho in 2018

1 year ago

Photo of Anfield Main Stand as taken from Anfield Road

PREVIEWS

Match Preview: Liverpool vs Arsenal

Liverpool take on in-form rivals Arsenal at home as they look to bounce back from their defeat against West Ham

1 year ago

Ronald Koeman stood on the touchline

LA LIGA

Barcelona announce Ronald Koeman has been dismissed as manager

Former Barcelona player Koeman leaves after a little over a year since taking charge as manager

1 year ago

View of Sir Alex Ferguson stand, Old Trafford

PREVIEWS

Match Preview: Manchester United vs Liverpool

Weekend’s most awaited game sees high-flying Liverpool travel to Manchester to take on Solskjaer’s rather unpredictable United side.

1 year ago

Steve Bruce overseeing training

PREMIER LEAGUE

Newcastle confirm Steve Bruces has left the club

Steve Bruce leaves Tyneside after a little over two years at the club

1 year ago

Leicester's King Power Stadium before a match

PREVIEWS

Match Preview: Leicester City vs Manchester United

United look to get back to winning ways against Leicester after a disappointing draw against Everton at the beginning of the month saw them drop two points

1 year ago

Barcelona crest outside Camp Nou stadium

LA LIGA

Barcelona wonderkid Pedri signs a new 5-year deal

Pedri extends his stay with the Catalans until 2026 by agreeing to sign a new contract until 30 June 2026

1 year ago

 The New Lawn Stadium, home of Forest Green Rovers

BEYOND MATCHDAY

Forest Green Rovers put the spotlight on climate emergency during game

The League Two club have been consistent in their efforts to go green over the last few years

1 year ago

Watford FC's home Vicarage Road entrance

PREMIER LEAGUE

Watford announce the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as manager

Watford will be the fourth club the Italian has taken charge of in England, after stints at Chelsea, Leicester and Fulham.

1 year ago

Photo of Anfield Main Stand as taken from Anfield Road

PREVIEWS

Match Preview: Liverpool vs Manchester City

The defending champions face an unbeaten Liverpool side at Anfield in what is expected to be a fierce encounter

1 year ago

Official La Liga logo

LA LIGA

La Liga stadiums set for full capacity

Spanish Ministry of Health has set new measures to be implemented from 1 October

1 year ago

Roger Hunt during his Liverpool days

INTERNATIONALS

Liverpool legend and England World Cup winner Roger Hunt dies aged 83

Hunt still remains the second-highest goalscorer in Liverpool history

1 year ago

Person holding a phone in front of European Super League banner

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

UEFA drop disciplinary procedures against Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus

The statement also confirmed that UEFA won't ask the other nine clubs to pay a fine

1 year ago

Samir Nasri playing for Arsenal vs AC Milan in the Emirates Cup in 2010

PREMIER LEAGUE

Samir Nasri announces retirement at 34

Former France international calls it a day after 16 years of club football

1 year ago

Picture taken from outside of Emirates Stadium, Arsenal's home ground

PREMIER LEAGUE

Match Preview: Arsenal vs Spurs

Arsenal take on Spurs at the Emirates in what will be the first meeting of the season between the pair

1 year ago

Marcos Alonso in action against Newcastle

PREMIER LEAGUE

Chelsea’s Alonso says he has stopped taking the knee

The gesture is ‘losing a bit of strength’ according to the Spaniard

1 year ago

Jimmy Greaves(left) and Bobby Charlton arriving at Schiphol in 1964

INTERNATIONALS

Spurs and England legend Jimmy Greaves passes away at 81

Greaves was considered one of the greatest goalscorers of his generation

1 year ago

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium June 2019, view from east

PREMIER LEAGUE

Spurs set to host the first net-zero carbon football match against Chelsea

Sky and COP26 partner with Tottenham to host the world’s first carbon zero football game at an elite level

1 year ago

Huntelaar trains for the Dutch national team

BUNDESLIGA

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar announces retirement from football

The veteran striker decides to hang his boots at the age of 38

1 year ago

Sean Dyche's mural on the end of a building

PREMIER LEAGUE

Sean Dyche commits long term future to Burnley

The 50-year-old has signed for another four years

1 year ago

Leon Goretzka during training on the grounds of FC Bayern Munich

BUNDESLIGA

Goretzka pens Bayern extension

Leon Goretzka extends his time in Germany till 2026

1 year ago

Friends playing FIFA on PlayStation

BEYOND MATCHDAY

FIFA 22 player ratings are out and here are the top-rated players to look out for

EA has announced its top 22 players of FIFA 22 and it has got fans talking

1 year ago

Watford FC's home Vicarage Road entrance

PREMIER LEAGUE

Watford and Premier League team up to support people with dementia

Watford's Golden Memories programme has been a blessing for a lot of people, including former player Walter Lees

1 year ago

Antoine Griezmann during his time in Barcelona

TRANSFERS

Deadline day sees Atletico bring Griezmann back but let Saul go to Chelsea on loan

Griezmann had left for Barcelona in 2019 in a deal worth more than €100m only to re-sign for the La Liga champions on loan

1 year ago

Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring for Barcelona

LA LIGA

Barcelona announce a new heir for their now-vacant No. 10 shirt

Barca’s no. 10 remained unassigned since Messi’s departure and there was a lot of buzz around who gets to wear the iconic shirt

1 year ago

Liverpool trophy parade after winning the champions league

PREMIER LEAGUE

Liverpool reward stars with long term deals

The Reds retain the core of the team that has brought the club success

1 year ago

Logo of RB Leipzig at the wall of the practice centre at Cottaweg

TRANSFERS

Barcelona reached an agreement for Ilaix Moriba with Leipzig

The 18-year-old midfielder joins the German club on a five-year deal

1 year ago

Logo of Real Madrid CF

TRANSFERS

Real Madrid announce the signing of Eduardo Camavinga from Rennes

The 18-year-old is considered one of the best young talents in world football

1 year ago

Daniel James celebrates after scoring for Man United against Crystal Palace

TRANSFERS

Leeds confirm Daniel James signing from Manchester United

Dan James becomes Leeds United’s eighth signing of the summer

1 year ago

Hector Bellerin of Arsenal during the Arsenal Members' Day Open Training Session

TRANSFERS

Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin set to join Real Betis; Reiss Nelson off to Feyenoord

The transfer deadline day couldn’t get busier for Arsenal as they look to make last-ditch attempts to ship players out

1 year ago

Cristiano Ronaldo during his Manchester United days

TRANSFERS

Cristiano Ronaldo joins his former club Manchester United from Juventus

The Portugal skipper is back in the premier league signing a two-year contract with his former club Manchester United

1 year ago

Sergio Aguero features for Argentina National Team

LA LIGA

Barcelona register Aguero thanks to Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets

The Catalans have now registered the star striker with the help of his teammates as they agreed to take significant wage cuts

1 year ago

Person holding a phone in front of European Super League banner

TALKING POINT

European Super League and what led to its creation

A group of 12 elite clubs shook the football world with the announcement of the European Super League

1 year ago

Respiratory mask attached to a football

TALKING POINT

Empty stadiums and crowded fixture lists: How football survived the global pandemic

The beautiful game wasn’t spared by the virus as sporting events across the world were affected

1 year ago

Kids playing football on a flooded ground

TALKING POINT

Football and Climate Change: An earnest discussion

It might surprise some to know how melting icebergs, rising water levels and temperature rise have direct consequences for football

1 year ago

Celebration after Italy's victory over Spain

REVIEWS

EURO 2020: A comprehensive review

16th European Championships ended up being just what the doctor ordered

1 year ago

 A person looking at VAR on their tablet during a football match

TALKING POINT

VAR: The story so far

Though VAR hasn’t had the most comfortable of starts, the football world is slowly coming to terms with it

1 year ago

Saka smiles at a teddy bear as Arsenal fans showed their support with gifts and letters

PREMIER LEAGUE

Bukayo Saka was left overwhelmed with emotions on his return to training

Arsenal had planned a pleasant surprise for the young teenager on his first day back at training since Euro 2020

1 year ago

Friends playing FIFA on PlayStation

BEYOND MATCHDAY

FIFA 22: EA surprises fans by giving Career Mode the long-awaited revamp

EA has finally heard the pleas of millions of fans as FIFA 22 career mode gets loads of new features

1 year ago

Messi and Suarez smiling for a photo

1 year ago

Mesut Ozil lining up for Germany before kick-off

BEYOND MATCHDAY

Ozil links up with Concave

Former Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil announced on Friday his partnership with the Australia based boot manufacturer Concave

1 year ago

Flag of Venezia FC

SERIE A

Venezia home kit a hit among football fans

Venezia make waves across the football world

1 year ago

Barcelona crest outside Camp Nou stadium

LA LIGA

Barcelona debt laid bare

Barcelona President Joan Laporta confirms the club’s total debt has reached €1.35 billion

1 year ago

A poster reading 'Welcome Leo Messi' put up outside PSG's stadium

TRANSFERS

Messi leaves Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain

The Argentinian will wear no. 30 at his new club

1 year ago

Leicester City flag

PREMIER LEAGUE

Leicester beat Manchester City to lift the Community Shield

It marks the second piece of silverware for Brendan Rodgers since the FA Cup win back in May

1 year ago

Gerd Muller stood in the middle with Franz Beckenbauer and Udo Lattek on either sides

INTERNATIONALS

Germany legend Gerd Muller passes away at 75

Muller was considered one of the greatest strikers ever

1 year ago

Lukaku celebrates after scoring for Belgium

TRANSFERS

Lukaku rejoins former club Chelsea

European champions bolster their attacking options heading into the new season

1 year ago

Louis Van Gaal talking to kids during ING Ball Boys and Girls Selection Day

INTERNATIONALS

Louis Van Gaal appointed as Netherlands coach for the third time

Louis Van Gaal replaces Frank de Boer, who quit last month following a disappointing Euro exit to Czech Republic

1 year ago

Official La Liga logo

LA LIGA

La Liga Agrees €2.7 billion deal with private equity firm CVC

The Spanish football league has agreed to sell 10% of its commercial business to a private equity firm

1 year ago

Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring for Barcelona

LA LIGA

Barcelona announce Messi departure

Messi looked set to extend his stay at Barcelona when the official statement announced his departure

1 year ago

Stewart downing applauding middlesbrough fans

EFL CHAMPIONSHIP

Stewart Downing: The former England Winger announces retirement

The former Middlesbrough, Aston Villa, Liverpool and West Ham winger decides to hang up his boots at the age of 37

1 year ago

Danny Ings playing for Burley

TRANSFERS

Aston Villa sign Danny Ings from Southampton

Aston Villa on Wednesday announced the signing of England international Danny Ings from Southampton

1 year ago