Experienced Chelsea goalkeeper Robert Green has announced his retirement from football. The 39-year-old has called time on a 23-year playing career that has seen him represent Norwich, West Ham, Queens Park Rangers, Leeds and Huddersfield before moving to Stamford Bridge last summer.
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Green did not make a single competitive appearance for Chelsea, but he was part of the celebrations as the Blues claimed Europa League glory by beating Arsenal in Wednesday’s final in Baku. The former England international, who represented his country on 12 occasions, feels Wednesday’s celebrations were the perfect way to bring his career to a close.
“Following an incredible evening in Baku on Wednesday and after a 23-year career spanning three decades, I’ve decided that now is the right time to announce my retirement from professional football,” Green said in a statement.
“Being part of the group and celebrations with such a special squad of players after winning the Europa League seems a fitting way to end what’s been an amazing journey for me in the game.” Green also highlighted that representing his country was one of the proudest moments of his career. “Representing my country will always be one of my proudest achievements and I feel honoured to have played for England,” he added.