Jermaine Jenas retires and confuses football world

Jenas last played in April 2014

Tom Sheen@Tom_Sheen
Thursday 07 January 2016 14:18

Former England midfielder Jermaine Jenas has confused the football world by confirming his retirement from professional football - 21 months after last playing.

The 32-year-old last played for Queens Park Rangers against Nottingham Forest in April 2014, in a 5-2 Championship win during Harry Redknapp's tenure.

Rangers have been promoted to the Premier League and relegated back to the Championship during that time, as well as having three new managers, Chris Ramsey, Neil Warnock and now Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Jenas, who won 21 England caps between 2003 and 2009 and is now a regular pundit on Match of the Day, failed to fully recover from a knee injury suffered later that month in training.

Plenty were left confused by his retirement, thinking he had done a while back. Here is some of the best reaction:

The former Nottingham Forest, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa suffered an injury hit career, and only played more than 30 league games in a season once since 2006.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, Jenas said: "I have officially retired. I tried my best to come back from the knee injury, but unfortunately that is the end of my career."

Jenas made more than 400 club appearances, having started out as a trainee at Nottingham Forest before moving to Newcastle for £5million in February 2002, then to Spurs three years later, who paid around £7m.

Additional reporting from PA

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