Wednesday 11 December 2019

Gunners great Campbell announces retirement

Former Arsenal, Tottenham and England defender Sol Campbell has announced his retirement from football.

Campbell (37) was released by Newcastle at the end of last season and has not been able to secure a new deal with another club, partly due to injury.

"It was a very hard decision," he said. "It's hard to let go when you have been a top sportsman for a long, long time. To say that I am not going to play professional football again is difficult because I've had a long time at the top and I've put in a lot of work and it's taken a lot of dedication.

"I had a couple of offers to carry on -- one from a Premier League team and another from a team who have just been promoted to the Premier League, but I had a foot injury and by the time I'd recovered from that people had already moved on."

Campbell rose through the ranks at Tottenham before making a controversial move to bitter rivals Arsenal in 2001.

The centre-half was part of the 2003-04 'Invincibles' team, and lifted three Premier League trophies and two FA Cups during his time with the Gunners. He also won the FA Cup with Portsmouth in 2008.

The big centre-back won 73 caps for England and represented his country at six consecutive major international tournaments.

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