Ex-Man United striker Dwight Yorke retires from football

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Dwight Yorke, the former Manchester United striker in the late 1990s, has retired from football at the age of 37.

Yorke’s contract with Sunderland – his final club – was not renewed at the end of last season and he has decided to call it a day.

The Trinidadian contributed fully to one of the most successful periods in United’s history between 1998 and 2002, when the Red Devils won an unprecedented three Premier League trophies in a row and the 1999 Champions League crown.

He also captained Trinidad and Tobago at the 2006 World Cup, and has accepted a position as assistant manager of his national team as a first step into coaching.

"It's time to hang up my boots," said Yorke. "While I'm still in great shape, I'm not getting any younger.

"I've had the time of my life. I hope people will say that I played the game in the right way with a smile on my face.

"I've been blessed really. I've played alongside some of the greatest players the Premier League has ever seen in Roy Keane, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Peter Schmeichel, and played for the greatest manager in Sir Alex Ferguson.

"I'll always count myself lucky. I was a boy on a beach from a little Caribbean island that got the chance to fulfil his dream of winning trophies at the highest level and captaining his country in their first ever World Cup finals."

He added: "I always planned to stay in football.

"My aim is to build up some experience and then use what I've learnt from my playing days to coach and one day manage a team in England."

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