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Former Aston Villa defender Neil Taylor announces retirement


Former Aston Villa defender Neil Taylor has announced his retirement from football.

The 33-year-old defender has been without a club since leaving Middlesbrough at the end of last season.

Taylor, who played every game of Wales' run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals and scored against Russia, had interest from clubs in India, Turkey and Azerbaijan last summer.

But the ex-Swansea and Aston Villa star, who won 43 caps, has opted to hang up his boots.

Taylor tweeted: "I feel like I've rinsed out every ounce of ability (or lack of) that I had through hard work, determination and sacrifice.

"My mum said to me when I was seven-years-old, if you ever want to stop you can, but if you're in, you're all in, and I was.

"But I no longer am. I've enjoyed my career immensely, playing from the National League all the way up to the Premier League and to the dizzy heights with my beloved Wales."

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