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Hanging up the boots: The Premier League retiring XI

The list reads like a pretty decent Championship Manager 03/04 team.

Steve Harper – age 38 (Newcastle)

The Magpies’ longest serving player said an emotional farewell yesterday.

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Stephen Carr – age 36 (Tottenham, Newcastle, Birmingham)

The Ireland full-back retired for a second time this month having initially hung up his boots in 2008 before doing a U-turn.

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Paulo Ferreira – age 34 (Chelsea)

He may not have featured an awful lot in recent years but the €20 million signing from Porto played an important role in Chelsea’s success under Jose Mourinho.

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Jamie Carragher – age 35 (Liverpool)

Brendan Rodgers faces an enormously difficult task to replace the Reds stalwart.

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Phil Neville – age 36 (Manchester United, Everton)

It’s not quite official yet, but the former England international has hinted at going into coaching after leaving Everton.

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Jimmy Bullard – age 34 (Wigan Athletic, Fulham, Hull City)

The one-time Latics favourite had to pack in professional football back in October due to recurring injuries.

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Stiliyan Petrov – age 33 (Aston Villa)

The club captain is still battling leukaemia and said goodbye to Villa fans at the DW Stadium yesterday.

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Michael Ballack – age 36 (Chelsea)

German midfielder general Ballack retired at the start of this season.

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David Beckham – age 38 (Manchester United)

Possibly the most globally recognised footballer of his generation, Beckham added a Ligue 1 medal to his silverware at the end of his short spell in Paris.

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Paul Scholes – age 38 (Manchester United)

Another legend of the game, Scholes won just about everything at Manchester United.

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Michael Owen – age 33 (Liverpool, Newcastle United, Manchester United, Stoke City)

Resigned to the bench in recent years, Owen came on as a sub in his final appearance for Stoke yesterday.

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