Former Liverpool and England winger Stewart Downing retires from football
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Former Liverpool and England winger Stewart Downing retires from football

Former Liverpool and England winger Stewart Downing has announced his retirement from football.

The 37-year-old began his career at Middlesbrough, breaking through as a teenager and winning the League Cup before moving to Aston Villa in 2009 and Liverpool in 2011.

In a statement, Downing noted: “After some time to relax and reflect with my family over the summer, I have decided the time has come to retire from playing professional football.

“I look back on the 35 times that I played for England with immense pride. I feel very lucky and fortunate to have had the career I have had.”

Downing spent two years at Anfield, winning the League Cup again, before moving on to West Ham and returning to Middlesbrough before ending his career with Blackburn Rovers.

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