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FA agrees compensation with Ashton

Dean Ashton and the Football Association have reached an undisclosed out of court settlement over injury which eventually led to the player's retirement in December 2009.

Ashton was injured by a tackle from Shaun Wright-Phillips just days before the start of the 2006-07 season. The striker had been called into the England squad to play Greece and was set to make his international debut when he sustained the long-term ankle injury.

Although he did play for West Ham again, the injury did not heal properly and he was forced to retire from the game just after his 26th birthday. He won one England cap, against Trinidad & Tobago in June 2008.

The former West Ham player took legal action against the FA for compensation.

The FA said in a statement: "The FA is pleased to announce that the legal proceedings brought by Dean Ashton following his unfortunate injury during training the day before his debut for England in August 2006 have been settled upon terms mutually acceptable to the parties and their insurers. It is a term of the settlement that no further statement will be made by any of the parties.''

Ashton began his career at Crewe and moved to Upton Park from Norwich City in January 2006 for £7.25 million.

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