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Jamie Carragher to retire at season’s end

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher will retire from football at the end of this season, the English Premier League club said in a statement on Thursday. ‘This will be my last season at Liverpool and my last as a professional footballer,’ said Carragher.

‘I’m making this announcement now because I don’t want the manager ( Brendan Rodgers) or the club to be answering questions on my future when I’ve already decided what I am going to do.’ The 35-year-old former England international -- a one-club man -- joined home town side Liverpool as a youth player and has since made over 700 senior appearances following his debut in 1997.

Carragher, second behind only Ian Callaghan in Liverpool’s all-time appearance list, has won several major honours in his career, including the Champions League, UEFA Cup and two FA Cups. He confirmed on Thursday his intention to continue playing for the remainder of the campaign but added that he would be making no further statement about his future between now and the end of the season.

‘I will be fully committed between now and the end of the season to doing the very best for Liverpool Football Club, as I’ve done my entire career since joining aged just nine-years-old,’ he said. ‘It has been a privilege and an honour to represent this great club for as long as I have and I am immensely proud to have done so and thankful for all the support I have had.

‘There are many memories I want to share and people to thank but now is not the time for that. I won’t be making any further comment on this decision until the end of the season. All our focus and concentration should be on achieving the best result.’
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