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Chelsea keeper Rob Green announces his retirement

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Chelsea goalkeeper Rob Green has hung up his gloves following their Europa League final victory on Wednesday.

The 39-year-old Green joined Chelsea last summer on a free transfer from Huddersfield Town. However, he failed to register a single appearance in his sole season at Stamford Bridge.

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri instead opted to play club record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero between the posts.

It marked a rather low-key ending for Green, who first made a name for himself in the 2004/05 Premier League season at Norwich City. He was even named in the PFA Team of the Year despite the club’s relegation.

He also represented West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers in the English top-flight during his 23-year career.

“Following an incredible evening in Baku on Wednesday and after a 23-year career spanning three decades, I’ve decided that now is the right time to announce my retirement from professional football,” read a statement from Green on Chelsea’s website.

“Being part of the group and celebrations with such a special squad of players after winning the Europa League seems a fitting way to end what’s been an amazing journey for me in the game.

“I’ve loved every moment and feel privileged to have enjoyed the career I have. I’ve played with, and against, some of best players in the world and have experienced so much that professional football has to offer.

“I’ve had the joy of representing some fantastic clubs, all of whom have helped to shape me in their own varying way. Thank you to all of the fans and everybody connected with Norwich City, West Ham, QPR, Leeds United, Huddersfield Town and Chelsea.

“Representing my country will always be one of my proudest achievements and I feel honoured to have played for England.

“Thank you to all of the managers, coaches and staff I’ve worked with and thank you to all of the team-mates that I’ve shared a dressing room with over the years.

“Collectively we’ve shared some amazing times and I leave the game with memories that I’ll always treasure.”

Green also made 12 appearances at international level for England and started the 2010 World Cup as the first-choice keeper.

But an error in their opening game against the United States in South Africa saw head coach Fabio Capello drop him.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 07: Robert Green of Chelsea saves a penalty which leads Chelsea to win a penalty shootout during the pre-season friendly match between Chelsea and Lyon at Stamford Bridge on August 7, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)