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Danny Murphy among leading Premier League assist kings (1)

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Today's announcement that Danny Murphy has officially retired from football brought an underwhelming end to another of England's most under-rated homegrown talents.

The former Crewe Alexandra, Liverpool, Charlton Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham and Blackburn Rovers midfielder enjoyed a relatively successful club career, that spanned over 20 years, and took in 600 appearances.

But, the fact Murphy won just nine England caps, despite his obvious talent, highlights once again the recurring failure to call-up unfashionable form players, instead of keeping blind faith in big-club underachievers.

The Liverpudlian actually had a decent trophy collection, winning an FA Cup, two League Cups as well as the UEFA Cup during his most impressive spell as a player at Anfield.

However, it should't be forgotten, the instrumental part Murphy played in current England manager Roy Hodgson's Cottagers side, helping the west London club to the Europa League final in 2010.

Two years earlier, he also scored the crucial goal that kept Fulham in the Premier League.

At the peak of his powers, Murphy was capable of mixing it with the best, as proved by OPTA's statistic that shows between August 2001 and May 2006, there were only four players in England's top-flight that boasted a better assist record than the 34 goals served up by the midfield maestro.

Click through the tabs - above or below - to see which four Premier League stars bettered Murphy's return, and find out the ultimate assist king of that era!

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