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Tottenham keeper Friedel: Turning 44 is enough to call it a day

Brad Friedel has revealed the reasons behind his decision to retire from professional football.

The 43-year old Tottenham goalkeeper announced his retirement on Thursday after more than 17 years in the English game.

Former USA international Friedel, who has played for Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and Spurs, said he still thoroughly enjoys the game but feels at his age it is time to hang up the boots.

"I'm incredibly proud of what I've achieved in my career," said Friedel on Spurs TV.

"When I first started the journey I never imagined it would be this long, playing 23 seasons in total and representing some incredible clubs.

"One thing I will miss is that day-to-day interaction with the staff and players. There really is nothing like it but my 44th birthday is here so I think it is a good time to call it a day. I've got some wonderful opportunities in front of me working for Fox TV and I'm completing my pro licence.

"I've also signed on as a Club Ambassador for Spurs focusing on the USA. I've got a great relationship with the staff and Board, so I'll certainly do my bit to help the club go further.

"I've had a tremendous time here and met a lot of great people along the way. This is a wonderful football club and I feel honoured to have been a part of it for four years.

"The manager is great, while there is incredible talent in the changing room, both young and old and with time I see great things ahead."

Friedel bows out of the game with the impressive record of 310 consecutive Premier League starts.

Andrew Slevison
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