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Ex-Chelsea defender Duberry retires from football

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Duberry made 480 professional appearances (©GettyImages)
Duberry made 480 professional appearances (©GettyImages).

Former Premier League centre-back Michael Duberry has retired from football, 20 years after making his first professional appearance.

The 37 year-old made 161 Premier League appearances for Chelsea, Leeds United and Reading during his career, and more recently played 57 times for Scottish
Premier outfit St. Johnstone.

But after being released from both League Two Oxford United and Isthmian Premier side Hendon in 2013, Duberry has decided it’s time to call it a day.

He told the BBC Sport: "I played against and with some of the best players in the world and in the best stadiums in the world.

"I've got nothing more to prove or achieve and I'm bowing out on my terms and with a smile on my face.”

The centre-back was given his break in the game by Chelsea in 1993, and made 87 appearances for the club over six years.

In that time he won the League Cup, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and the European Super Cup, and scored in a 2-1 victory over champions Manchester United in 1996, but first-team opportunities were limited.

He moved to Leeds United in 1999 but had little more luck in his time at Elland Road, and after five years he joined Stoke City in the Championship, where he became club captain and made 80 appearances.

His final Premier League fling came with Reading from 2007 to 2008, before Duberry moved around the leagues in search of playing time, figuring for Wycombe Wanderers, St.Johnstone and Oxford United.

This year he agreed to join Non-League Hendon, but was released after four games with manager Gary McCann complaining about the player’s commitment.

Duberry admitted: "Since the summer the phone hasn't rung, it's been a bit frustrating.

“The level of football I wanted to play at hasn't materialised."

He added: "I'm getting on a bit, I've had a great career, it's been a career of schoolboy dreams, and I want to put 100% into the next phase of my life.

"I'm interested in journalism and being in front of a camera and making a career out of that."


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