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United and England stalwart Neville retires

Published: Wednesday 2 February 2011, 20.11CET
Sir Alex Ferguson said Gary Neville had "cemented his place in the affection of the club's supporters everywhere" after the Manchester United FC right-back retired with immediate effect.

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Published: Wednesday 2 February 2011, 20.11CET

United and England stalwart Neville retires

Sir Alex Ferguson said Gary Neville had "cemented his place in the affection of the club's supporters everywhere" after the Manchester United FC right-back retired with immediate effect.

Gary Neville has called time on a career in which he played 602 times for Manchester United FC and won 85 caps for England.

Neville, 35, joined the United academy in 1991 and went on to become one of the most decorated players in English football, winning the UEFA Champions League in 1999, as well as eight Premier League titles and three FA Cups. A one-club man throughout, the right-back became United club captain in 2005 but has suffered a succession of injuries in recent seasons. He made four appearances this term, the last of which was in a 2-1 victory at West Bromwich Albion FC on 1 January.

His 85 caps for England included appearances at EURO '96, UEFA EURO 2000 and UEFA EURO 2004, as well as the 1998 and 2006 FIFA World Cups. "I have been a Manchester United fan all my life and fulfilled every dream I've ever had," said Neville. "I am disappointed that my playing days are at an end, however it comes to us all. I have played in the most incredible football teams, playing with some of the best players in the world and I have been lucky to have been part of the club's great success."

Neville went on to describe Sir Alex Ferguson – at the Old Trafford helm throughout his career – as "one of the greatest managers". "Gary was the best English right-back of his generation," said Sir Alex. "He is an example to any young professional; hard-working, loyal and intelligent. As a United fan born and bred, his fantastic career at Old Trafford has cemented his place in the affection of the club's supporters everywhere."

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