Former Chelsea, West Ham, Spurs midfielder Scott Parker retires from football 

Former England international Scott Parker has officially announced his retirement from football.

The 36-year-old began his career at Charlton, before playing for Chelsea, Newcastle, West Ham, Tottenham, and most recently Fulham. He was capped by England on 18 occasions in a career which spanned two decades.

Parker was also named the Footballer Writers’ Player of the Year in 2011 during his four-season spell at West Ham.

“The decision to retire has not been an easy one for me but having thought long and hard over it, and having discussed it with those closest to me, I believe that now is the right time to move on to the next chapter in my life and career,” Parker said in a statement released to Sky Sports on Wednesday.

“When I started my career at Charlton Athletic all those years ago I could only have dreamt at that time just what was to follow over the next two decades.

“I feel incredibly honoured and proud to have enjoyed the career that I have and I’ve loved every moment of it.”

Parker made 31 appearances for Fulham last season, with his last professional outing coming as a second-half substitute in their 2-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday on the final day of the Championship season. He was an unused substitute in both legs of Fulham’s play-off defeat against Reading.

Parker made his professional debut as a teenager for Charlton in 1997. He made nearly 150 appearances for the east Londoners before Claudio Ranieri took him to Chelsea for £10million in January 2004, shortly after Roman Abramovich had taken over the Stamford Bridge outfit.

The midfielder however, found opportunities at the Blues hard to come by and was sold to Newcastle the following year. Parker captained the Magpies after Alan Shearer retired -but following 55 Premier League appearances on Tyneside he headed back to London to sign for West Ham.

Parker became an integral player for the Hammers, making more than 100 league starts, before he handed in a transfer request following their relegation to the Championship. Tottenham would be Parker’s next stop. He enjoyed two seasons at White Hart Lane but signed a three-year deal at Fulham in 2013 which expired this summer.

The midfielder played every match of England’s Euro 2012 campaign under Roy Hodgson and featured for the Three Lions at all age levels. His last international appearance was as a second-half replacement for Frank Lampard in England’s 8-0 World Cup qualifying victory at San Marino in May 2013.

Alvaro Arbeloa retires from football

​Former Liverpool, Real Madrid and West Ham defender Alvaro Arbeloa has announced his retirement.

The 34-year-old former Spain full-back made three Premier League appearances for the Hammers last season before being released.

He spent three years with the Reds before returning to Madrid, for whom he made his senior debut, in 2009.

Arbeloa won one La Liga title and the Champions League twice at Madrid before signing for West Hamlast August.

“It’s time to say goodbye,” he said. “Physically I was OK to keep playing.”

“I always thought I would play until my legs held out, but in the end it was a head and motivation issue,” he told Marca.
Many times you consider life in a way or see the future in a way, but life has other things prepared and you have to know how to accept them and face them.
“Things this season did not come out as I had dreamed. I am being honest with myself when I say goodbye.” 
He added: “It has been complicated. It’s something that when it comes to my mind I try not to think much about.
“At a professional level it has not been an easy year and that also has a personal impact, of course.”

He made more than 200 appearances in total for Liverpool, Madrid and West Ham between 2007 and 2017 and was capped 56 times by Spain.

He was part of his country’s World Cup-winning squad in 2010 and helped them win the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.

Totti set for his last game for AS Roma

Francesco Totti says his “love for football will never fade” as he prepares for “the last time I can wear Roma’s jersey” on Sunday.

The 40-year-old Italian is to end his 24-year playing career with Roma – he is set to become a director at the only club he has played for

He has scored 307 goals in 783 games since making his debut in 1993 aged 16.

“I can’t tell you in a few words how much these colours meant, mean and will always mean to me,” he tweeted.

“I just feel that my love for football never fades. It’s a passion, my passion. It’s so deep I can’t imagine not fuelling it any longer. Ever.

“From Monday I’m ready to go again. I’m ready for a new challenge. Roma v Genoa, Sunday, 28 May 2017, the last time I can wear Roma’s jersey.”

Totti, a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, has won one Serie A title and two Coppa Italias at Roma.

He was widely expected to quit playing last summer but signed a one-year extension to his contract.

This season he has made 27 appearances, mostly as a substitute. Roma are second in the table, four points behind newly-crowned champions Juventus before the final day of the season on Sunday.

Totti was 16 when he made his Roma debut as a substitute on 28 March 1993 in a 2-0 win against Brescia.

Sam Allardyce quits as manager of Crystal Palace  – hints  at retirement 

​Sam Allardyce has left his job as Crystal Palace manager after just five months in charge at Selhurst Park, stating that he has “no ambition to take another job” in football.

Allardyce told Palace owner Steve Parish of his desire to leave the club during a meeting in central London on Tuesday.

The 62-year-old signed a two-and-a-half-year deal when he was appointed as Palace boss in December – less than three months after leaving his role with England – and managed to keep the club in the Premier League, lifting them from 17th to 14th.

“In some ways, this has been a very difficult decision to make but in others it has been a simple one,” Allardyce said in a statement released by his representative.

“I will always be grateful to Crystal Palace and Steve Parish for giving me the opportunity to go out with my head held high having helped keep the club in the Premier League.


“More than that, they gave me a chance of rebuilding my reputation after what happened with England. I felt I needed another shot at being a Premier League manager and showing that I still had the ability to achieve something significant. As I said last weekend, Palace gave me the chance of rehabilitation.
“That’s why it’s hard walking away now. I believe the club are heading in the right direction with a hugely supportive board of directors, a great squad of players and some of the most passionate fans I’ve ever met. It’s been a privilege to have worked for them for the past five months.

“But there comes a time when you have to take stock of what direction you want your life to take – and that’s been the simple part for me.

“I want to be able to savour life while I’m still relatively young and when I’m still relatively healthy, even if I’m beginning to feel all my 62 years.

“While I’ve got the energy, I want to travel and also spend more time with my family and grandchildren without the huge pressure that comes with being a football manager. I owe that to my wife and family.

“This is the right time for me, I know that in my heart. I have no ambitions to take another job, I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club, let alone one in the Premier League.
“Steve Parish has been superb during our conversations today. I know it came as a shock to him that I would walk away but our discussions have been incredibly civilised with no recriminations and no fall-out.

“This is not about transfer targets, club finances or anything along those lines. This is me taking the decision I believe is right for my family and myself.

“I would like to thank everybody for their messages of support since the news broke. I’ve no doubt I will miss management but I certainly have no regrets at this decision.”

The former England manager was appointed as Alan Pardew’s successor, with the Palace languishing in 17th place and just a point above the relegation zone.

It was a swift return to management for Allardyce, who had been out of work since leaving his post as England boss by mutual consent at the end of September after 67 days and just one game following a newspaper investigation.

Allardyce inspired Palace to six wins from eight matches, including victories over Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, to help them preserve their top-flight status with a 14th-place finish.

In doing so, Allardyce maintained his record of having never been relegated from the Premier League.

Dirk Kuyt retires just days after winning the Eredivisie for Feyernood

Feyenoord captain Dirk Kuyt has announced his retirement, two days after his hat-trick sealed the Dutch club’s first title since 1999.

The ex-Liverpool forward, 36, described securing the Eredivisie with Sunday’s 3-1 win against Heracles Almelo as “the best  moment” of his career.

Kuyt started at Utrecht, moving on to Feyenoord, Liverpool and Fenerbahce, before returning to Rotterdam in 2013.

“All my dreams have come true,” said the former Dutch international.

Kuyt will remain at Feyenoord, with the club saying he will “focus on gaining a position” within their technical management team.

After making his Eredivisie debut for Utrecht in 1998-1999, he moved to Feyenoord five seasons later and went on to be their top scorer in each of his three seasons.

It attracted the attention of Premier League side Liverpool, who were believed to have paid about £10mto sign him in 2006.

He helped the Reds reach the Champions League final in his first season, but only managed to win the 2012 League Cup in his six-year spell at Anfield.

After three seasons at Turkish club Fenerbahce, who won the league and domestic cup during his time there, he returned to Feyenoord.

Last season he helped them win the Dutch Cup and then scored 12 goals during this season’s league triumph.

“I knew when I came back two years ago that we could win the championship and everyone laughed at me when I said so,” he said on Sunday.

Feyenoord technical director Martin Van Geel said: “We are unbelievably grateful for what Dirk has done over the past two years.

“With his attitude, professionalism and passion he has added a lot – in the locker room, on the field and beyond.”

Kuyt also won 104 caps for the Netherlands, including a start in the 2010 World Cup final which they lost to Spain.