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Ex-footballing prodigy Jenas confirms his retirement at 32

The one-time most expensive teenager in British football’s history has called it a day.

Jermaine Jenas has been working as a football pundit in recent months.
Jermaine Jenas has been working as a football pundit in recent months.
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ONCE BRITISH FOOTBALL’S most expensive teenager, Jermaine Jenas today confirmed his retirement at the age of 32.

Former England international Jenas, whose clubs included Tottenham, Newcastle and Aston Villa, has been out of action since April 2014, after picking up a knee injury in QPR’s Championship game with Nottingham Forest.

Jenas came to prominence in 2002 as an 18-year-old, when he became British football’s most expensive teenager as he joined Newcastle from Nottingham Forest in a £5 million move.

Having been considered one of English football’s brightest prospects, Jenas was named PFA young player of the year in 2003, but struggled to live up to his potential thereafter, despite earning 21 England caps.

“I have officially retired,” he told BBC Radio 4. “I tried my best to come back from the knee injury but unfortunately that is the end of my career.”

Jenas made over 400 appearances during his career and helped Tottenham win the League Cup in the 2007-08 season.

The former midfielder has been working as a football pundit for the BBC in recent months.

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