Shearer ends glittering career

Former England international Alan Shearer has confirmed that he has been forced to retire earlier than planned but takes away "great memories".

Former England international Alan Shearer has confirmed that he has been forced to retire earlier than planned because of a knee injury.

'Great memories'
The 35-year-old, who was due to stop playing in May, tore knee ligaments at Sunderland on Monday and has been ruled out for the rest of the season, bringing a premature end to his glittering Newcastle United FC career. "I'm finished now and I have great memories," he said in The Sun newspaper. "The fact I won't be able to play the last three games is disappointing but I'm not complaining. How could I?"

Staggering record
Shearer netted a staggering 379 goals in 733 club appearances in a brilliant career which included spells at Southampton FC, Blackburn Rovers FC and, most famously, Newcastle. The north-east club's record goalscorer, he never lifted silverware at St. James's Park, but insists: "I've never had any regrets". He did win the Premiership with Blackburn in 1994-95 and, after scoring on his England debut in a 2-0 win over France in 1992, went on to notch 30 goals in 63 appearances before announcing his international retirement in 2000.

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