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Scott Parker announces his retirement

last updated Wednesday 28th June 2017, 5:33 PM


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Scott Parker has called time on his 20-year playing career.

The former Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham midfielder has announced his retirement from the game at the end of a career during which he won 18 England caps.

Parker was named Football Writers Player of the Year for 2010-11 and was part of the Three Lions squad which competed in the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine the following year.

In a statement confirming his decision to quit, Parker said that now is 'the right time to move on to the next chapter in my life'.

He said: 'The decision to retire has not been an easy one for me but having thought long and hard over it, and having discussed it with those closest to me, I believe that now is the right time to move on to the next chapter in my life and career.

'When I started my career at Charlton Athletic all those years ago I could only have dreamt at that time just what was to follow over the next two decades.

I feel incredibly honoured and proud to have enjoyed the career that I have and I've loved every moment of it.'

Parker turned professional at Charlton after coming through the ranks at the Football Association's School of Excellence at Lilleshall.

His performances for the Addicks over the course of seven years brought him to the attention of Chelsea, who spent £10million to sign the midfielder in 2004.

That same year he was placed on the standby list for the Euro 2004 England squad, though he didn't make the cut for the tournament in Portugal.

He would go on to win 18 caps for his country and captain the Three Lions on one occasion - a friendly against Holland at Wembley in 2012.

Things didn't work out for Parker at Stamford Bridge - he only made 15 league appearances for the Blues before leaving for Newcastle.

After two years he was on the move again, this time to West Ham where he rediscovered some of the best form of his career.

In 2011 he moved across the capital to Tottenham and two years later was transferred to Fulham where he played 119 times in the Premier League and the Championship and another 9 Cup games in 4 seasons.

Full Scott Parker statement
'The decision to retire has not been an easy one for me but having thought long and hard over it, and having discussed it with those closest to me, I believe that now is the right time to move on to the next chapter in my life and career.

'When I started my career at Charlton Athletic all those years ago I could only have dreamt at that time just what was to follow over the next two decades. I feel incredibly honoured and proud to have enjoyed the career that I have and I've loved every moment of it.

'I have enjoyed so many incredible moments during my career. From making my first team debut at Charlton, to playing regularly in the Premier League, playing in the Champions League to then playing in a major tournament for England, as well as ultimately fulfilling a lifelong dream by captaining my country. There are just too many highlights to mention.

'I would like to thank everyone at Charlton Athletic, Norwich City, Chelsea, Newcastle United, West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham for the unbelievable support that I've been shown throughout my time at each and every one of the club's I've been proud to represent.

'Thank you to the fans of all of the clubs that I've been lucky enough to play for. Your support has meant everything to me and you've supported me throughout all of the ups and downs during my career. I hope I was able to repay the faith shown in me by my commitment and performances on the pitch.

'I would like to thank all of my teammates over the course of my career as well as the coaches and managers that I've played under. I've learnt a huge amount from everyone that I've worked with that I have no doubt will hugely benefit me in my next career chapter.

'Finally, and most importantly, I would like to thank my family for all of their unconditional love and support throughout. My wife Carly, and all of her family, and our sons Frankie, Murphy, Sonny and Rafa have been there for me through everything and I thank them from the bottom of my heart. Thank you too to my Mum and Dad, who I hope I've made proud. Without them all nothing would have been possible.

'When I was a boy I dreamt of becoming a professional football player and I feel very honoured to have accomplished my dream. I have always tried to set high standards on and off the pitch. I hope most of all throughout my career I have been a good role model not only to my sons but also to all of my teammates who played with me as well as all those who supported me.

'I'm now looking forward to the next chapter of my life and career and hope to make an announcement soon with regards to what that will be.'



















Source Sam Morshead at Daily Mail
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