Danny Murphy announces retirement

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Ex-England international Danny Murphy has revealed he will not return to football, having been without a club since terminating his Blackburn Rovers contract by mutual consent over the summer.

The 36 year-old, who has swapped his football boots for a place on the Match of the Day sofa this season, is bringing to an end an impressive career that has seen him make 736 professional appearances and claim nine international caps.

Murphy started his career with Crewe Alexandra, and went on to feature for Charlton Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham and most recently Blackburn Rovers.

But he will be most remembered for his time as a Liverpool player from 1997, where his determined performances in seven seasons at the club made him a cult-hero, helped undoubtedly by the three separate winning goals he scored against their fierce rivals Manchester United.

The former midfielder eventually dropped down to the Championship to play for Blackburn last season, but departed in the summer despite playing 35 times and has now decided not to seek a return to football.

Murphy told Liverpool's club website: "There have been some press reports about whether I'm still playing or available but I decided a little while ago I would retire, I just didn't make it official.

"So now I'm officially retiring because I'm sick of having conversations about it and almost stringing people along. 

"I decided three or four weeks ago I was done.

He added: "This is me, 20 years, I'm done.

I've had a wonderful career and can look back on it with fondness."

The Chester-born man boasts six winners medals from his playing days, including two League Cups, an FA Cup and a UEFA Cup. Each of these came from his time at Anfield.

He did however claim a runners up medal while at Fulham in the Europa League in 2010, and was captain during this unlikely run to the final.

Murphy was also a popular figure at Craven Cottage, forming an important part of the Fulham midfield for five years and being handed the captaincy by current England boss Roy Hodgson in 2008.

The player's impressive performances won him England recognition in a friendly against Sweden in 2001, and he scored his only goal in a comprehensive victory over Paraguay six months later.

He was signed up as a pundit by the BBC this year, and will focus on his media career and on obtaining his coaching badges now that he is retired.



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