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Former Chelsea And Liverpool Defender Glen Johnson Retires From Professional Football

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Glen Johnson has announced his retirement from professional football.

“Today is the day I’m officially saying I’ve retired. I knew halfway through last season I was going to call it a day. I always wanted to retire at an age where my body still felt good,” Johnson said.

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“Every player knows when their time is up. Mentally, I always wanted to stop quite young and also you can’t always play the game the way you want to play the game when you’re 34.”

The former Liverpool defender made 54 appearances for England between 2003-2014, playing in two World Cups and a European Championship.

Glen Johnson began his career with West Ham, coming through their academy and making his Premier League debut for the Hammers in January 2003 at the age of 18.

Johnson made just 16 first-team appearances for the Hammers before he was snapped up by Chelsea for £6million.

He won both the Premier League and League Cup at Stamford Bridge during Jose Mourinho’s first season at the club

After falling down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho, Johnson moved to Portsmouth initially on loan in 2006, but then permanently 12 months later, and won the FA Cup in 2008 against Cardiff.

A string of impressive performances won Johnson a place in the PFA Team of the Year and he was then signed by Liverpool for £18.5m in 2009.

He made a further 200 appearances for the Reds and claimed another League Cup title under Kenny Dalglish in 2012. He was part of the teams who almost ended Liverpool’s wait for a Premier League title, first under Rafa Benitez in 09/10 and secondly under Brendan Rodgers in 13/14.

Johnson was released from Liverpool in the summer of 2015 and he joined Stoke a month later. During his spell under Mark Hughes, Johnson suffered a season-ending knee injury in February 2016.

The post Former Chelsea And Liverpool Defender Glen Johnson Retires From Professional Football appeared first on 360Nobs.com.

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