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FA agree compensation with Dean Ashton over injury

Dean Ashton
Ashton played his last competitive game in September 2008

The Football Association has settled a compensation claim by former West Ham United and England striker Dean Ashton.

Ashton, 27, was forced to retire after failing to fully recover from an ankle injury received during England training before an international in August 2006.

The terms of the out-of-court settlement have not been made public.

West Ham are thought to be preparing their own claim for £10.5m compensation over the injury, which brought Ashton's career to an end in 2009.

The former Norwich City player was injured in a tackle with Shaun Wright-Phillips, as he prepared for a friendly against Greece.

He recovered following operations and made his only appearance for the national side in June 2008, in a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago.

However, a recurrence of the injury in September of that year ultimately led to the Swindon-born player being advised he should quit football or risk not being able to walk.

Season, club, league apps, goals
2000-05 Crewe 159 (61)
2005-06 Norwich 44 (17)
2006-09 West Ham 46 (15)

An FA statement said: "The FA is pleased to announce that the legal proceedings brought by Dean Ashton following his unfortunate injury during training the day before his debut for England in August 2006 have been settled upon terms mutually acceptable to the parties and their insurers.

"It is a term of the settlement that no further statement will be made by any of the parties."

Ashton began his career at Crewe Alexandria and moved to Upton Park from Norwich City in January 2006 for £7.25million.

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see also
Injured Ashton forced to retire
11 Dec 09 |  West Ham
Ashton was phenomenal - Gradi
11 Dec 09 |  West Ham
A career cut short
11 Dec 09 |  West Ham
Ashton breaks ankle in training
15 Aug 06 |  Internationals
Hammers complete Ashton transfer
23 Jan 06 |  West Ham

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