Former England and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere retires from professional football

Wilshire became Arsenal’s youngest league debutant in 2008 at the age of 16 and 256 days after coming through the club’s youth academy. The midfielder, who was hampered by a series of injuries, won the FA Cup twice in consecutive seasons with Arsenal in 2014 and 2015 before joining Bournemouth and then West Ham.

He returned to Cherry in January 2021 on a short-term deal and also had a spell at Danish Superliga club AGF. After making his debut in England in 2010, Wilshere won 34 caps and was part of the 2014 World Cup squad and Euro 2016.

“It’s been an incredible journey filled with so many incredible moments and I’m so proud to experience everything I’ve gone through over the course of my career,” Wilshere said in his retirement announcement on Twitter.

“From being a little boy kicking the ball in the garden to captaining my beloved Arsenal and playing for my country in the World Cup. I have lived my dream. Truly, it has become difficult to accept that my Career has been slipping in recent times due to reasons beyond my control realizing that I still have a lot to give.

“Having played at the highest level I have always had such great ambitions within the sport and if I am to be true, I have never imagined to be in this position. However, I have the ability to think and talk with the people closest to me. I know now is the right time and despite the tough moments, I look at my career with great pride in what I have achieved.

“Playing at the highest level with some of the best players in the world, winning the FA Cup, captaining my club and representing my country was beyond my biggest dreams when I was a little boy growing up in Hitchin. I felt so lucky I do. I would have a career, but it wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the love and support of so many people.”

Wilshere paid tribute to former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and his staff for giving him a chance.

“Words will never do justice to the love and thanks that I have for Boss, Arsene, Pat Rice and Boro Primorac. Without your trust, support and guidance from the first day we met, I would not have been a part of it . Arsenal family. I am forever grateful to all of you.”

“To all of you Arsenal fans, to the best supporters on the planet, thank you all from the bottom of my heart. It has been a privilege to play for you all. You have always made me feel supported and I hope I make you proud representing your club. I will never forget how you always supported me and I will be a gunner forever.”

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