Manchester United captain Michael Carrick's decision to hang up his boots after the end of the current season led the English midfielder to be feted by the who's who of world football, with former teammate and Red Devils legend Wayne Rooney leading the tributes.
With United out of contention in the Premier League, their sole chances of winning any silverware in Carrick's final season lie in the UEFA Champions League and the FA Cup. He still hopes to play a part in the run-in after recovering fully from a heart problem earlier in the season.
"There comes a time when, as much as you like or don't like it, your body tells you it's time to stop playing football". "That's pretty much where I am at".
Carrick joins a host of other recently retired English footballers who have taken various roles within coaching, such as Steven Gerrard, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes.More news: McLeish call-ups boost for Scotland youths, says Gemmill
Carrick was appointed United captain in the summer and is in his 12th season at Old Trafford.
"But, yeah, it's looking likely".
"I'm totally fine now, took a bit of time to get over".
On his heart problem, he added: "It started in the Burton game and then happened again in training".More news: Championship round-up: Aston Villa slip to shock defeat against QPR
"I wanted to finish on my own terms so I was determined to get back fit".
"I understood I'd be getting back fit that I wouldn't be playing as many games as probably I might have done, but that's something that I understood".
"I think it is quite refreshing to look at Scott and see how he deals with it", he said on the midfielder.
The 36-year-old is now back to full fitness and has played three times since, but he concedes he will call time on his 19-year career at the end of the campaign.More news: Devil May Cry is the Latest Series Crossover for Monster Hunter
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