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Barry hangs up his boots


Gareth Barry

Gareth Barry

Gareth Barry

Former England, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Everton midfielder Gareth Barry has retired from football.

The 39-year-old, who has spent the last three years at West Brom, made a record 653 appearances in the Premier League and earned 53 England caps.

In all he made 833 appearances in a senior career of more than 22 years and scored 67 goals.

His final appearance came in West Brom's FA Cup fifth-round loss to Newcastle before the Covid-19 enforced shutdown in March.

A tweet from the Baggies read: "An extraordinary, record-breaking career. All the best in retirement, Gareth Barry."

Barry came through the youth ranks at Brighton before joining Villa as a 16-year-old in 1997.

He initially made his mark as a defender, notably as a left-back, and made his Villa debut in a Premier League game at Sheffield Wednesday in May 1998.

It was the first of 441 appearances for the club before becoming a high-profile recruit for City as they underwent a transformation.

He moved to the Etihad Stadium in a £12million deal in 2009 and played a key role as the club won the FA Cup in 2011 and league title the following year.

He moved on to Everton, initially on loan, in 2013 and spent four years at Goodison Park before his final switch to West Brom in 2017.