Jack Wilshere, a former Arsenal and England midfielder, retired at 30. Wilshere made his league debut for Arsenal at 16 and 256 days after graduating from the club's youth program in 2008. Wilshere, widely expected to become a vital role for both Arsenal and England, made a solid start to his professional career. However, a series of injuries and questions about his off-field behavior impeded his development.
Wilshere made his England debut in 2010, earning 34 caps and participating in the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championship.
Wilshere won the FA Cup with Arsenal in 2014 and 2015, but in 197 games for the Gunners, he never quite reached his full potential.
He spent a season on loan at Bournemouth before joining West Ham permanently in 2018.
Wilshere returned to Bournemouth on a short-term contract in January 2021 and played for Danish Superliga club AGF before announcing his retirement on Friday.
Wilshere remarked on Twitter, "It has been an unbelievable journey filled with so many incredible moments and I feel privileged to have experienced all that I did during my career,"
"From a little lad throwing a ball in the backyard to captaining Arsenal and representing my country at the World Cup. I have lived my dream.
"In reality, it has been tough to accept that my career has been slipping away in recent years due to circumstances beyond my control, as I still have so much to offer.
"Having had time to reflect and talk with those closest with me I know that now is the right time and despite the difficult moments I look back on my career with great pride at what I have achieved."
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Wilshere praised former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and his staff for providing him with an opportunity in the Premier League.
Wilshere stated, "Words will never do justice to the love and thanks I have for the Boss, Arsene, Pat Rice and Boro Primorac,"