Former Tottenham Hotspur and England winger David Bentley has announced his retirement from football, Sky Sports has reported.
Bentley, who also represented Arsenal, Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City, West Ham and Russian side Rostov, revealed he had fallen out of love with the game and wanted to focus his attention on new ventures and his young family.
“I’ve given up football. It’s over a year since I played my last game and I’ve taken the decision to take my life in a different direction. I felt like it was time to call it a day,” he said. “I’ve just had little baby twins, three months old, and I’ve got a little four-year-old and I want to focus on that. My love for the game went a little bit and I didn’t want to carry on just for the fact of paying me money.
“I enjoyed every minute of it and had a smile on my face every day but I don’t want to carry on playing somewhere just for money, taking my family to a place we really don’t want to be,” the 29-year-old added. “Life’s too short to do that.
“I’ve just fallen out of love with the game. I had a bit of a difficult time at Tottenham and it’s just one of them things. It’s probably a little bit early but it’s where I am at now. It’s a positive decision in my life and I am only viewing it as positive. I’m happy.
“I have no regrets. I loved every minute of playing but the game has changed. When I first started it was the enjoyment, going in to work every day was brilliant.
“Now it’s a little bit robotic, the social media side of it, the money that has come into the game. I hate to say it, but it’s made it boring and predictable – calculated – and to go and sign another three or four years into that wasn’t really an option for me.”
Bentley began his career with the Gunners before moving on loan to Norwich in 2004-05. He was later loaned to Blackburn and completed a permanent switch to Ewood Park in 2006, spending two years at the club before returning to London with Tottenham.
He played 62 times for Spurs and spent time with Birmingham, West Ham and Rostov before a return to Blackburn in 2012-13. Bentley also won seven caps for England, making his debut against Israel in 2007.
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