Michael Duberry retires from football

Michael Duberry of Oxford United in action during the npower League Two match between Northampton Town and Oxford United at Sixfields Stadium on April 6, 2012
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Former Chelsea and England Under-21 centre-back Michael Duberry retires from football at the age of 37.

Former Chelsea defender Michael Duberry has called time on his playing career with immediate effect.

The 37-year-old was released by League Two side Oxford United at the end of last season, but despite reports that he was considering retirement, the centre-back opted to join non-league outfit Hendon.

However, after a handful of appearances, the Enfield-born player departed Hendon and he has now decided to hang up his boots.

"Today is the day when I officially retire from football. I have enjoyed every moment of my career. For all those that showed support during my career I THANK YOU and to all those that tried to knock me I THANK YOU," he wrote on Twitter.

As well as Chelsea and Oxford, Duberry also turned out for Bournemouth, Leeds United, Stoke City, Reading, Wycombe Wanderers and St Johnstone.

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