Brad Friedel to retire from football: 43-year-old Tottenham goalkeeper says 'it's good time to call it a day'

The American turns 44 on Monday

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Tottenham Hotspur have announced goalkeeper Brad Friedel will retire from the game at the end of the season.

"I'm incredibly proud of what I’ve achieved in my career," the 43-year-old 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.”

The American, who also played for Liverpool, Blackburn and Aston Villa in the Premier League, turns 44 on Monday.

"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."

Friedel, capped 82 times for the US national team, is returning home to America to become an analyst, pundit and co-commentator for US channel Fox Sports and will also be our Club Ambassador in the United States.