Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas announces retirement from football

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More recently known for his punditry for the BBC, ex-Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas has officially announced his retirement from professional football.

The 32-year-old has spent recent times working alongside the Match Of The Day team as a result of injury and appears set to chase a career in the media.

Nottingham-born Jenas told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme on Thursday: "I have officially retired. I tried my best to come back from the knee injury but unfortunately that is the end of my career."


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The former England international played more than 400 games in a career that included spells at Nottingham Forest, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and, most recently, Queens Park Rangers

Jenas was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year award in 2003 and won the League Cup with Spurs in 2008.

After working his way up through the England ranks since Under-16 level, the midfielder played 21 times for the senior team, netting his first and only goal in a friendly against Switzerland back six years ago.

The 32-year-old was determined to recover from a knee injury suffered in April 2014, staying with QPR for rehabilitation even despite being released at the end of the season.

Jenus has since featured for ITV Sport's coverage of the 2014/15 Europa League as a pundit and regularly appeared on Match of the Day, alongside host Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Mark Lawrenson.

He might not have wanted to end his career this way, but a sustained role in football still appears likely with the BBC as a football analyst.

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