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Tottenham transfer target Ted Smith announces retirement - at 24

Tottenham transfer target Ted Smith has announced his retirement - at the age of 24.

The shot-stopper – who represented the Three Lions at under 18, 19 and 20 level – featured for Tottenham last summer after he was released from Southend.

Jose Mourinho's side were said to be close to completing a deal for Smith in January only for the keeper to decide that the pressures of football are not for him.

He told the Telegraph: “It wasn't me. It wasn't what I enjoyed.

“I love the game and the training side of it but when it came to matchday pressures, it was always a bit too much for me. It was a long-time coming but I'm getting my head around it.

“In your head you're telling people that you're giving up a job that is everyone's dream. I suppose that is the hard bit."

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