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 By PA Sport

Former England and Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock to retire

Stephen Warnock

Former England and Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock has announced he will retire from football at the end of the season.

The Burton left-back, currently on loan at League One side Bradford, made two appearances for the Three Lions and was a member of the 2010 World Cup squad.

Warnock came through the youth ranks at Anfield and went on to play 40 Premier League games for Liverpool, winning the UEFA Super Cup in 2005.

The 36-year-old has also turned out for Blackburn, Coventry, Aston Villa, Bolton, Leeds, Derby and Wigan in a professional career that has lasted 16 years.

Warnock posted on his Instagram account: "It's every player's hardest moment in football... to hang up their boots! It's not been an easy decision but this season will be my last as a professional.

"I'd like to thank the staff at Liverpool FC, especially Steve Heighway, Dave Shannon and Hughie McAuley for their belief in me, especially after my injuries.

"Two of my dreams came true, to pull on the famous red jersey of Liverpool and to also wear the white of England.

"I'm lucky to have represented and captained some of the biggest clubs in England and this I am very proud of. Thank you to all the fans of the clubs I represented.

"I still feel I have a lot to offer the game and give back so I'm excited for what lies ahead."

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