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Ex-Man Utd defender John O'Shea announces retirement

Former Manchester United defender John O'Shea has announced his retirement.

The 38-year-old defender, currently at Reading, came through Manchester United's academy to make more than 250 senior appearances for the club.

He also won 118 caps for the Republic of Ireland before his international retirement in June.

A Champions League winner at United, O'Shea also spent seven seasons at Sunderland before joining the Royals on a one-year deal last summer.

Reading confirmed the news on his 38th birthday on Twitter.

"Just a very small part of his playing days have been spent with the Royals," it said.

"But he has amassed a medal collection that any player would be extremely proud of, winning almost everything possible during almost 20 years as a professional footballer."

In total, O'Shea played a part in United winning 14 trophies during his time at Old Trafford after moving to the club at 17.

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