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
By Admin | about 1 year ago
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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.