“I have lived my dream”–The Englishman decides that the time is ripe to call it quits on his career.
Jack Wilshere, a former Arsenal midfielder, has declared his retirement from the game at the age of 30.
Wilshere rose through the Arsenal ranks and, following a year on loan at Bolton, established himself as a key member of the first squad for the 2010/11 season.
Wilshere, still a teenager, played 35 Premier League appearances in the 2010/11 season, winning the club’s Player of the Season title, the PFA Young Player of the Year award, and was chosen to the PFA Team of the Year.
However, he would miss the entire 2011/12 season due to a pre-season injury, which would tragically become a recurring trend throughout his career.
Despite making 24 appearances in the 2012–13 and 2013–14 Premier League seasons after his comeback, Wilshere was never quite the same and struggled. With 20 Premier League games in his final season at Arsenal, Wilshere’s career at the Gunners came to an end despite appearing to have revitalized it while on loan at Bournemouth.
Wilshere finally moved on to West Ham, but injuries struck again. After another stint at Bournemouth and a brief stint with Aarhus in the Danish Superligaen, the Englishman has decided to end his career because he feels the timing is right.
“From being the little boy kicking a ball around in the garden to captaining my beloved Arsenal and playing for my country at a World Cup. I have lived my dream.
“In truth it has been difficult to accept that my career has been slipping away in recent times due to reasons outside of my control whilst feeling that I have still had so much to give.
“Having played at the very highest level I have always held such huge ambitions within the game and if I am truthful I did not envisage being in this position at times.
“However, having had time to reflect and talk with those closest with me I know that now is the right time and despite the difficult moments I look back on my career with great pride at what I have achieved.”
Due to a lack of playing time toward the conclusion of his career, 30-year-old Wilshere turned to punditry and is now a regular contributor offering his thoughts on football-related events.Manchester United are willing to listen to offers for Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.