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Alan Hansen to leave MOTD

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Former Liverpool defender Alan Hansen is to leave highlights show Match Of The Day after the 2014 World Cup, BBC have revealed.

After joining in 1992, Hansen has established himself as a respected pundit working alongside the likes of Gary Lineker, Mark Lawrenson, Sir Trevor Brooking and Des Lynam.

The former Scotland international hung up his boots in 1991, and was soon a regular on the show watched by millions in England every Saturday night.

As well as his spot on MOTD, Hansen has featured in a number of live home domestic games and major international tournaments as a commentator.

The format of MOTD has changed recently; the panel guests have more rotation which has seen the centre-back's appearances decline, and now the 58-year-old has decided this year will be his last.

Hansen's playing career was hugely successful - he is regarded as a legend at Anfield following his captaincy during Liverpool's most fruitful era ever.

With the Reds, he won a number of League titles, FA Cups and European Cups after arriving from Scottish club Partick Thistle in 1977.

Hansen revealed that he turned down a number of managerial positions to remain at MOTD.

Current presenter, Gary Lineker, said of his long-term colleague on Twitter: "In my opinion as a television football pundit, Alan Hansen has been for two decades consistently the best. Opinionated, knowledgeable, tactically superb."

After his decision to retire, Hansen told the BBC: "I have worked for a great organisation with wonderful people on the most fantastic programme.

"The guys at the BBC know me and I said: 'Look, this is categorical. I'm leaving and nothing will make me change my mind.'

"I am contracted to do the World Cup and I will do that as it will be a good way to go out, but I have had a great run. The plan was always that I would retire at 55. I kept going, but I finally decided to retire during Euro 2012."

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