Ex-Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Murphy confirms retirement

Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy has called time on his 20-year footballing career following questions marks over his future, Sky Sports has reported.

Murphy’s contract at Blackburn was mutually terminated this summer, and the 36-year-old did not find a new club for the current season. Having quit the game in September, the ex-Charlton man decided to clarify his situation.

There have been some press reports about whether I’m still playing or available but I decided a little while ago I would retire, I just didn’t make it official,” Murphy said.

So now I’m officially retiring because I’m sick of having conversations about it and almost stringing people along. I decided three or four weeks ago I was done. This is me, 20 years, I’m done. I’ve had a wonderful career and can look back on it with fondness.

A product of the academy at Crewe Alexandra, under the stewardship of Dario Gradi, the Cheshire born centre-midfielder went on to make 639 appearances in English football, scoring 121 goals in all competitions, and also picked up nine international caps for England, netting once for the Three Lions. Murphy represented Liverpool, Charlton Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham and Blackburn Rovers before hanging up his boots.

He will be fondly remembered by fans of the Anfield club as he played a key role in the treble winning season of 2000-01, when the Reds won the League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup. Murphy also developed a habit of scoring the deciding goal in 1-0 wins over near rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford, doing so three times in four seasons.

The former Fulham captain has appeared as a pundit on Match of the Day this season.

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