Chelsea goalkeeper Rob Green has retired from professional football. Green joined the Blues last summer and acted as third-choice keeper this season. He never played a professional game for the club and was behind the likes of Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero in the club’s pecking order.
Green will be best remembered for his time as first-choice goalkeeper of West Ham between 2006-2012. During his time with the Hammers, he went on to establish himself as one of the best keepers in the Premier League and even served as England goalkeeper for a period between 2009-2010.
He initially was appointed as England’s first-choice goalkeeper for the 2010 World Cup and started the Three Lions’ opener in South Africa against the United States. However, he committed a howler during the 1-1 draw, which gifted a goal to Clint Dempsey and he was subsequently dropped for the rest of the tournament, with David James taking over the goalkeeping duties.
Green was also part of the England squad that participated in the 2012 European Championship, acting as cover for Joe Hart. Due to his vast experience and playing career, the 39-year-old will be a good addition to the coaching setup of any club in the top-flight.
He said in a statement, as reported by Goal: “Being part of the group and celebrations with such a special squad of players after winning the Europa League seems a fitting way to end what’s been an amazing journey for me in the game.
“I’ve loved every moment and feel privileged to have enjoyed the career I have. I’ve played with, and against, some of best players in the world and have experienced so much that professional football has to offer.”