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Former Everton midfielder Andy Van der Meyde retires

Andy van der Meyde
Van der Meyde won 18 caps for the Netherlands

Former Everton and Inter Milan midfielder Andy van der Meyde has retired from football, aged 31.

Van der Meyde, capped 18 times by Netherlands, joined Everton from Inter in 2005 but endured a torrid time with injuries and made only 24 appearances.

He joined PSV Eindhoven on a short-term deal after leaving Everton as a free agent at the end of the 2008/09 season.

"I quit," said the Ajax graduate when announcing the end of his career. "I do not need to give an interview."

The winger's most memorable moment for Everton probably came when he set up Dan Gosling for the winner against Liverpool in the FA Cup in 2009.

He started his career at Ajax, winning two league titles with the club, before moving to Inter Milan.

Van der Meyde played for Netherlands between 2002 and 2004, helping them reach the semi-finals of Euro 2004.

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