‘A true gent on and off the pitch’ – 37-year-old Swindon star announces retirment

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Former Portsmouth and West Ham full back Matthew Taylor has announced his retirement from the professional game this morning after 20 years.

The 37-year-old is currently with Swindon Town in League Two but will end his career when the current season is over. he wrote: “After 20 years as a professional footballer, the time has come for me to retire at the end of the current season. I have loved every minute from leaving school at 16 years of age to pursue my dream and will look back on it all with the fondest of memories.”

Taylor has 740 appearances to his name and has won promotion from the second tier with West Ham, Bolton and Portsmouth during his illustrious career. He also played three times for England Under 21s, but never migrated to the senior squad.

Renowned for a wicked left foot, the full back is a well-respected player with an outpouring of goodwill evident on social media.

Players, clubs and fans alike have been quick to wish him well following the announcement, as you can read below.

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