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Yorke announces retirement at age of 37

Former Manchester United Treble-winner Dwight Yorke has announced his retirement from football at the age of 37.

Yorke was released by Sunderland at the end of last season and has now opted to hang up his boots, drawing to a close an eventful career at the top level in which he captained his country, Trinidad and Tobago.

Yorke's finest achievement was his participation in United's Treble season of 1998/99 as he forged a prolific partnership with Andy Cole, helping the club to win the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.

"It's time to hang up my boots," said Yorke. "While I'm still in great shape, I'm not getting any younger. I've had the time of my life. I hope people will say that I played the game in the right way with a smile on my face.

"I've been blessed really. I've played alongside some of the greatest players the Premier League has ever seen in Roy Keane, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Peter Schmeichel, and played for the greatest manager in Sir Alex Ferguson.

"I'll always count myself lucky. I was a boy on a beach from a little Caribbean island that got the chance to fulfil his dream of winning trophies at the highest level and captaining his country in their first ever World Cup finals.''

Yorke first arrived in England when joining Aston Villa from Signall Hill in 1989 and went on to score 73 league goals for the club before earning a £12.6m move to Old Trafford in the summer of 1998.

After winning three consecutive league titles with the club, Yorke went on to represent Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City and Sydney FC before returning to England to spent three seasons with Sunderland, being reinvented as a midfielder.

Yorke will now act as assistant manager for Trinidad and Tobago for the remainder of the country's World Cup qualifiers.


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