Thursday 8 December 2016

Former England international Darius Vassell calls time on career

Published 28/01/2016 | 19:41

Darius Vassell during his Manchester City days
Darius Vassell during his Manchester City days

Former England and Aston Villa striker Darius Vassell has announced his retirement at the age of 35.

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The Sutton Coldfield-born player, who had been without a club since 2012, earned 22 England caps, scoring six goals, during the reign of manager Sven-Goran Eriksson.

He had spells with Manchester City, Turkish side Ankaragucu and Leicester after leaving Villa in 2005.

In a statement released by his management company, Oporto Sports, Vassell said: "I have enjoyed my career in football playing at the highest level, doing something I genuinely loved, and I felt that now was the right time to announce my retirement and look to the next phase of my life."

He will write a book about his career, Vassell said.

Vassell played at the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004. England reached the quarter-finals of the latter tournament before losing in a penalty shoot-out to hosts Portugal, with Vassell seeing his spot-kick saved by future Leicester team-mate Ricardo.

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