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Ex-England goalkeeper Robert Green announces retirement

Chelsea goalkeeper Robert Green has announced his retirement from football.

The former England international had been at Stamford Bridge for a year but did not make an appearance, although was in Baku for Wednesday’s 4-1 Europa League final win over Arsenal.

Green started his career at Norwich and made 12 appearances for England.

Robert Green has announced his retirement from football after lifting the Europa League

Robert Green has announced his retirement from football after lifting the Europa League

The 39-year-old (L) made 12 appearances for England during a career spanning 23 years

The 39-year-old (L) made 12 appearances for England during a career spanning 23 years

He said in a statement: ‘Following an incredible evening in Baku on Wednesday and after a 23-year career spanning three decades, I’ve decided that now is the right time to announce my retirement from professional football.

‘Being part of the group and celebrations with such a special squad of players after winning the Europa League seems a fitting way to end what’s been an amazing journey for me in the game.’

Green also played for West Ham, QPR and Leeds, winning promotion to the Premier League with the Hammers and Rangers.

Green started his career at Norwich and played for West Ham (above) , QPR and Leeds

Green started his career at Norwich and played for West Ham (above) , QPR and Leeds

He won the First Division title with Norwich in 2004 and started the 2010 World Cup as England’s first-choice goalkeeper.

But Green was dropped following the opening 1-1 draw with the United States after allowing Clint Dempsey’s tame shot to creep through his legs.

Green added: ‘I’ve had the joy of representing some fantastic clubs, all of whom have helped to shape me in their own varying way.

Green started the 2010 World Cup as England's first-choice goalkeeper but was dropped after allowing Clint Dempsey's tame shot to creep through his legs.

Green started the 2010 World Cup as England’s first-choice goalkeeper but was dropped after allowing Clint Dempsey’s tame shot to creep through his legs.

‘Thank you to all of the fans and everybody connected with Norwich City, West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers, Leeds United, Huddersfield Town and Chelsea. Representing my country will always be one of my proudest achievements and I feel honoured to have played for England.

‘Thank you to all of the managers, coaches and staff I’ve worked with and thank you to all of the teammates that I’ve shared a dressing room with over the years.

‘Collectively we’ve shared some amazing times and I leave the game with memories that I’ll always treasure.’

ROB GREEN’S FULL STATEMENT

Following an incredible evening in Baku on Wednesday and after a 23 year career spanning three decades, I’ve decided that now is the right time to announce my retirement from professional football.

Being part of the group and celebrations with such a special squad of players after winning the Europa League seems a fitting way to end what’s been an amazing journey for me in the game.

I’ve loved every moment and feel privileged to have enjoyed the career I have. I’ve played with, and against, some of best players in the world and have experienced so much that professional football has to offer.

I’ve had the joy of representing some fantastic clubs, all of whom have helped to shape me in their own varying way. Thank you to all of the fans and everybody connected with Norwich City, West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers, Leeds United, Huddersfield Town and Chelsea. Representing my country will always be one of my proudest achievements and I feel honoured to have played for England.

Thank you to all of the managers, coaches and staff I’ve worked with and thank you to all of the teammates that I’ve shared a dressing room with over the years. Collectively we’ve shared some amazing times and I leave the game with memories that I’ll always treasure.

A special thank you must go to my Mum and Dad and entire family for your unwavering support. It means so much for them to have followed and watched nearly all my games, sharing my highs and lows.

Finally a thank you to my wife and our two children. Thank you for your care and encouragement, it was so special for you to share Wednesday night together with me.

Looking forward I’m excited about what the future has to offer. I hope to remain connected with the game that’s given me so much in some capacity, whatever that proves to be, but for now I’m just looking forward to having my first summer off in 23 years! Thanks for the memories.

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