Stewart Downing calls time on a 20-year career after making 700 appearances


Former England international Stewart Downing has brought an end to his 20-year career after making over 400 Premier League appearances

  • Stewart Downing has hung up his boots, ending a 20-year career at the age of 37
  • Downing played 35 times for England and featured in the 2006 World Cup
  • He played over 700 times for six different clubs, scoring 70 goals
  • Liverpool paid £20million for his services from Aston Villa back in 2011 

Stewart Downing has announced his retirement from football at the age of 37.

The winger has brought to an end a 20-year professional career that saw him make more than 700 club appearances and play 35 times for England, where he was a part of the squads for the 2006 World Cup and 2012 European Championship.

Downing most recently spent a two-year spell with Championship club Blackburn, before leaving Ewood Park at the end of June when his contract expired.

Stewart Downing ended his career at Blackburn Rovers after making 62 appearances for them

Stewart Downing ended his career at Blackburn Rovers after making 62 appearances for them

Reflecting on his career, Downing said in a post on Twitter: ‘After some time to relax and reflect with my family over the summer, I have decided the time has come to retire.

‘I would like to thank all the football clubs I played for and all of the fantastic fans and staff. I would like to thank all of the great managers I played for.

‘As a kid, I could only have dreamed of playing for the clubs I played for and getting to share a pitch with some of the players I shared a pitch with. I played with and against some unbelievable players over the years.

‘I look back at the 35 times I played for England with immense pride and I made some incredible memories that will last a lifetime.

He played 35 times for England and was selected in the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2012 squads

He played 35 times for England and was selected in the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2012 squads

‘I feel very lucky and unfortunate to have had the career I had.’

Downing began his career at Middlesbrough in 2001 and went on to feature more than 200 times during his first spell at the Riverside Stadium.

He left for Aston Villa following Middlesbrough’s relegation from the Premier League in 2009, before joining Liverpool in 2011.

A further two-year spell with West Ham followed from 2013, before he completed a return to Middlesbrough where he helped the club win promotion back to the top flight in 2016.

He would go on to feature a further 170 times for the Teesside club, before his final move to Blackburn in 2019.

Liverpool paid Aston Villa £20m for Downing in 2011 and went on to play 91 times for them

Liverpool paid Aston Villa £20m for Downing in 2011 and went on to play 91 times for them

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