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Former England striker Teddy Sheringham to finish 24-year playing career at end of season

Former England striker Teddy Sheringham to finish 24-year playing career at end of season

Former England striker Teddy Sheringham will retire from soccer at the end of the season and end a 24-year playing career remarkable for its longevity and late blossoming.
Sheringham, who is midway through a season with Colchester in the second-tier League Championship, was 33 before he won a major title. He will leave with three Premier League medals and one each from the FA Cup and the Intercontinental Cup.
The 41-year-old forward played 51 times for England and had two stints with Tottenham, but was most famous for scoring a late equalizer and then setting up the winner in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.
Former Germany great Juergen Klinsmann said Sheringham was his favorite striker to play alongside. Despite his socializing _ having been photographed in bars with a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other _ Sheringham's dedication to training and natural fitness means he has outlasted most of his peers.
He played the majority of his international matches after the age of 30 and some had even begun to think he could get close to Stanley Matthews' feat of performing professionally until 50.
"My Dad wanted me to carry on and beat Sir Stanley Matthews' record but I feel this season is the right time to bow out," Sheringham said Saturday.
"I think it's a good time to announce my retirement from international football as well," Sheringham joked.
Sheringham's last match for England was in a 2-1 World Cup quarterfinal defeat to Brazil in 2002, two years after Alan Shearer, his former strike partner who was four years younger, had retired from international soccer.
His last goal had come in 2001 from his first touch as a substitute against Greece, in the same game that Beckham equalized for 2-2 with an injury-time free kick to take the team to the following year's World Cup.
Sheringham began his career with Millwall and secured his first high profile move to Nottingham Forest at 25 following a season in which he hit 37 goals.
He helped Forest to the 1992 League Cup final and scored the club's first Premier League goal before switching to Tottenham, the club he supported as a boy, in August 1992.
Sheringham scored 99 goals over five years but, frustrated at not winning honors, he agreed to join Manchester United in 1997 to replace the retired Eric Cantona.
United's fans criticized manager Alex Ferguson for spending 3.5 million pounds on a 31-year-old player and, after the club won nothing in his first season, claimed he was an inadequate substitute for Cantona.
But the following season, Sheringham helped United win an unprecedented treble of the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League. United retained the English championship the next season and, in 2000-01, Sheringham won both English player of the year awards after finishing as United's leading scorer in another title-winning season.
He left United in 2002 when his contract expired and rejoined Tottenham at 35, scoring another 26 goals in two seasons before a free transfer to Portsmouth and then, a year later, to West Ham.
Sheringham was almost an FA Cup winner again in 2006 at age 40 with the Hammers, but Liverpool equalized late on for a 3-3 draw and then won on penalty kicks.
He almost joined Spurs for a third time, but dropped down a division for this season to join Colchester.
"I've had a fantastic time and want to thank all those that have contributed to my career and helped me along the way," Sheringham said. "I've no immediate thoughts about going into management but football has always been my life and hopefully I will be back at some point in the future.
"Until then I have to try and help Colchester United stay in the Championship."


Updated : 2021-08-05 01:09 GMT+08:00