Shaun Wright-Phillips: Former England winger retires from football
Last Updated: 24/08/19 12:18pm
Shaun Wright-Phillips announced his retirement on Soccer AM
Former England, Manchester City and Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has announced his retirement from football at the age of 37.
Wright-Phillips, who began his career with City in 1999, won the Premier League and FA Cup with Chelsea during a three-year spell between 2005 and 2008, and represented England at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
He last played for United Soccer League team Phoenix Rising in 2017, but had never called an end to his career.
"I was trying to hold on to [my career] for as long as possible," Wright-Phillips revealed on Soccer AM.
"But over the last few weeks, I've decided it is time to be official and say: I'm officially retired.
"I knew growing up it was not something that lasts forever, but after I had my last operation, it fell into place - I was doing stuff with Manchester City and little stuff with TV - and it helped me glide out of it."
He was named City's Young Player of the Year in first four straight seasons (2000 to 2003) and was rewarded for his performances in the 2004/05 season at Chelsea with inclusion in the PFA Team of the Year.
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SWP to me is probably the biggest mystery of QPR players histories.
Before he joined he was good - you do not get that number of England caps for nothing. Just after he joined I remember the home game with Newcastle where he tore them apart and only by bad luck failed to put the ball in the net. After that he rapidly went downhill (apart from the Chelsea goal) - I wonder what would have happened if he had scored in that Newcastle game. We have to remember of course the team he was playing in.
The second part of the mystery was how such a talented player who you would think by previous displays just loved playing football was happy to sit back and not play a game for a couple of seasons. Personally I do not buy the 'just taking the money' stories. Maybe we were paying him so much no other club would touch him - no real idea but still a total mystery and waste of talent only beaten by Adel the waster.