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Stoke legend retires at 34 after serious back injury with David Beckham's Inter Miami

Ryan Shawcross made more than 400 appearances for Stoke having joined them from Manchester United.

Ryan Shawcross in action for Stoke in 2019.
Ryan Shawcross in action for Stoke in 2019.
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FORMER STOKE CAPTAIN Ryan Shawcross has announced his retirement.

The 34-year-old sustained a season-ending back injury playing for David Beckham’s Inter Miami in August and has decided to call time on his 16-year playing career.

“Despite stepping out of my playing career due to injury, my passion for the game is still intact, and after having secured my coaching licences, I am looking forward to pursuing a career in coaching,” Shawcross, who made more than 400 appearances for Stoke having joined them from Manchester United in January 2008 after a previous loan spell, told intermiamicf.com.

“I would like to thank the whole Inter Miami CF organisation and fan base for the opportunity they’ve provided me to come here, I would also like to thank the Stoke City fans for their support.

“Last but not least, thank my wife and my kids for being a pillar throughout my life.”

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