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Ankle injury forces Ashton to quit

Monday December 14th 2009

Former England striker Dean Ashton has announced that he is to retire from professional football, as a result of a long-term ankle injury.

The West Ham player sustained the injury in August 2006, in a clash with Sean Wright-Phillips while training for the national side.

He underwent several operations and missed the whole 2006/07 season before making a return in 2007/08 for 35 appearances.

However, his 2008/09 season ended after just four games and concerns about the long-term effects of the injury on his mobility have forced him to retire from the game.

West Ham chief executive Scott Duxbury told the club's official website: "This is a sad day and our thoughts are with Dean.

"I would like to place on record our thanks to him for all his efforts and wish him the very best."

Former West Ham striker Tony Cottee told Sky Sports News: "Cynics will point out he signed a five-year contract and will get paid millions and millions of pounds and that might well be the case but that doesn't replace the fact he has lost his footballing years and he also has to deal mentally with the problems of retiring."

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