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Last Updated: Monday, 30 October 2006, 12:10 GMT
France great Djorkaeff quits game
Youri Djorkaeff celebrates his 1998 World Cup win with France
Djorkaeff says winning the 1998 World Cup was his career highlight
Former World Cup winner Youri Djorkaeff has announced his retirement.

The ex-Bolton and Blackburn striker, who played in France's 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 winning teams, ended his career with the New York Red Bulls.

"I felt that the time had come to call it a day," said the 38-year-old. "Physically I am still on top of my game but mentally it's more difficult."

He said the World Cup win was his biggest achievement and added: "There was something magical about the team."

There are only four members of that France side - Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, David Trezeguet and Liliam Thuram - who are still playing international football for Les Bleus.

Djorkaeff began his career at Grenoble and moved to the Premiership in 2002 when he joined Bolton, where he scored 20 league goals.

After a brief spell at Blackburn, the former Inter Milan player joined the New York Red Bulls in April 2005 for a single season.

Djorkaeff was not able to play against DC United in the second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference semi-finals because of an ankle injury.

DC United advanced to the final with a 2-1 aggregate score, signalling the end of the Frenchman's career.

"I have no regrets and achieved all I wanted to achieve in my career playing in all the top leagues of Europe," said Djorkaeff.

The Lyon-born player won 82 caps for France and scored 28 international goals.

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