Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel to bid football farewell

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel

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Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel has confirmed he will retire from football at the end of the Premier League season.

Having moved to England back in 1997, the former USA international played for the likes of Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa before ending up at White Hart Lane with Spurs.

Friedel, who will turn 44 on May 18, has loved his time in north London but believes it is the right time to hang up his gloves.

“I’m incredibly proud of what I’ve achieved in my career,” he said. “When I first started the journey I never imagined it’d be this long.

“One thing I will miss is that day-to-day interaction with the staff and players.

“There really is nothing like it but my 44th birthday is here so I think it is a good time to call it a day.

“I’ve had a tremendous time here and met a lot of great people along the way.

“This is a wonderful football club and I feel honoured to have been a part of it for four years.”

The American shot stopper will become the oldest player to play in the Premier League if he features in one of the remaining two games of the campaign against either Hull City or Everton.

Friedel will be hoping to be handed a run-out by manager Mauricio Pochettino for Spurs’ next game against the Tigers on Saturday.

Tottenham are 1.73 to beat Hull (4.50) with the draw 3.75 at White Hart Lane.

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