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Parlour looks set for retirement

Ray Parlour
Parlour spent 20 years at Arsenal (GETTY)

Former England and Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour says it looks like his football career is coming to an end.

His last professional game was at Hull in the 2006/07 season and despite training with Barnet last term, a knee injury thwarted his hopes of a deal.

Parlour, 35, told BBC London 94.9: "You do miss it. Especially the day-to-day banter and playing games on Saturday.

"Your bonus is the Saturday, walking around the stadium with the crowd and the atmosphere."

And Parlour added: "You do miss it, it's impossible not to."

Parlour made nearly 400 appearances for Arsenal and played 10 times for England.

During his Arsenal career Parlour won three FA Premier League titles, four FA Cups, one League Cup and one European Cup Winners' Cup medal.

Despite the knee injury he suffered last season, Parlour had hoped to return to the game but when asked whether or not he has officially retired the Romford-born player conceded that his playing days now look to be over.

He said: "It looks like it is going that way."

Parlour, who also played for Middlesbrough, would still like to keep himself busy by maintaining his involvement in football.

He stated: "I don't know if I'm going to do my coaching badges yet. I probably will do, so I'm looking that way as well so we'll soon see what happens."

I'm very privileged to have played at Arsenal during my career

Ray Parlour
Parlour says he still enjoys following Arsenal because he has so many fond memories of the club.

"I'm very privileged to have played at Arsenal during my career and I enjoyed every minute of it and I do miss it," he said.

"I follow Arsenal quite a lot and I go over to the training ground quite a bit still and watch the games. I like to keep involved with Arsenal because it is such a great club.

"I was there many years, I signed as a 12-year-old and left at 32. So 20 years of your life is a long time. I'll always have Arsenal in my heart."




see also
Parlour game for Tigers test
26 Feb 07 |  Hull
Middlesbrough sign Parlour
23 Jul 04 |  Middlesbrough
Ray Parlour profile
07 Jul 04 |  Arsenal


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