Former England international Agbonlahor retires from football

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Gabby Agbonlahor has announced that he is retiring from football with immediate effect.

The 32-year-old had been without a club since he left Aston Villa last summer after a sub-par campaign in which he failed sparkle.

At Villa, he made 391 appearances and scored 86 times. He is Villa’s record Premier League scorer with 75 goals.

Agbonlahor said in an Instagram post on Wednesday: “If I would have been told at school I would play nearly 400 league games be the record premiership goal scorer for Aston Villa, captain the great club and represent England at senior level I would have laughed!!!

“The time has come to officially retire and watch Aston Villa as a fan!!!

“I wanna say thank you to all the supporters the staff I have worked with at a great club and my ex-teammates. The thought of playing for another team or playing against Aston Villa was something I just couldn’t do.

“I look forward to whatever the future holds.”

Villa academy graduate Agbonlahor made his debut for the club – after loan spells with Watford and Sheffield Wednesday – in March 2006, scoring in a 4-1 loss at Everton.

The pacy Agbonlahor who snubbed the chance to feature for Nigeria played three times in the colours of England, with those appearances coming in 2008 and 2009.

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