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Dean Ashton To Retire?

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http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/opinion/bl...icle127195.html
Why Dean Ashton's retirement is tragic news for him, for West Ham and for EnglandWest Ham fans used to be inordinately proud when one of their own was called up to the England squad.Theirs is a club with a proud tradition of producing players who would serve their country with distinction.These are fans, after all, who still sing – with some justification – that their team won the World Cup.On August 15, 2006, though, that special relationship changed irrevocably. Hammers supporters started that day preparing to cheer on another of their own who was due to don the Three Lions shirt for the first time in a friendly with Greece at Wembley.A young striker, signed from Norwich seven months earlier, who was widely regarded as being the next great English centre-forward.A natural finisher blessed with an imposing physical presence and an instinct for finding the back of the net.A goal-scorer who had powered West Ham to within minutes of silverware the previous May by grabbing a brilliant brace against Manchester City at Eastlands in the FA Cup quarter-final, and who had become the first Hammer to score in the final itself for over 25 years.A player whose future promised even greater things than his past.The next Alan Shearer, no less.And then it happened.Dean Ashton's ankle injury, sustained during a coming together with England team-mate Shaun Wright-Phillips during a training session at Old Trafford, was so bad that John Terry later said you could hear his "scream from the other end of the pitch".Those same supporters ended that day wondering if they would ever see their golden boy kick a ball again.They did. But it was never the same,Ashton took a year to get over that initial injury, missing the entirety of the 2006-07 season.The season, you might remember, that West Ham didn’t so much flirt with relegation as take it out for dinner and then home afterwards for a coffee.Whether they would have needed to have been bailed out by Carlos Tevez – a rescue act that cost the highest of prices – had Ashton been fit and playing is a moot point.What isn't beyond doubt is that when Ashton did finally return in August 2007, he was a shadow of the player that West Ham had waved off to serve his country 12 months previously.He scored 11 goals that season, but rarely looked completely fit. Or like he trusted that troublesome ankle.Ashton made his long-delayed England debut at the end of that season in a 3-0 victory over Trinidad & Tobago. But rather than being the curtain-raiser to a glittering international career, it now seems likely to be regarded as a cameo.The striker played just five times for his club in the 2008-09 season before breaking down again, turning his ankle in Gianfranco Zola's first training season as West Ham manager.Ashton's ankle had never properly recovered from that injury sustained on England duty. And now, it seems, it never will.Ironically, Ashton never got to play for Zola - the one manager who could have helped him become the world class striker he had always shown the potential to be.Had things gone differently that day in Manchester, had Shaun Wright-Phillips been distracted by a team-mate, say, then Dean Ashton might well have been lining up with his West Ham colleagues Matthew Upson and Robert Green in South Africa next summer.As it is, it seems the only World Cup football – or, indeed, any top flight football – Dean Ashton has to look forward to from now on will be of the televised variety.And that makes this morning's news even more tragic.Dean Ashton will, of course, be devastated. As will everyone connected with West Ham.But Ashton's loss should be keenly felt not just in the East End, but also throughout the land.
If true that is very sad to hereIf it wernt for injuries could have been at a top 6 side, England regular and scoring 20+ a seasonhttp://www.goal.com/en/news/9/england/2009...e-from-football
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Mirror is all I need to see.They've printed that Zola is leaving. West Ham are bankrupt. All our players are getting sold. All in the space of 3 weeks.

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thoose that know about shane supple he retireed to take up catering age 22 yday

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Boy, quite a few stories on this now. Looks like its true.Its a major loss for England and West Ham. He should get a good pay out from the FA though.

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The story is trueIt was on the WHFC official website start of the week.

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Ankle is a f*cked part of the body to injure, it never comes back to 100%...Always liked ashton though, unlucky for him

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Boy, I made a bet with a West Ham fan about 3 years ago that he'd never score a competitive goal for England senior team.This is f*cked though..

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Class act, real shame.
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he was good but lmao at the next alan shearer

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DEAN ASHTON will officially retire today.The West Ham and England striker has been fighting an ankle injury he first sustained on international duty in 2006.Ashton, 26, was warned by doctors he risked being unable to walk properly if he continued his desperate bid to remain in the game.The £7.2million signing from Norwich in January 2006 last played in the Premier League for West Ham 15 months ago.His retirement is not a surprise but it is still a massive blow for West Ham, who badly need a player of his quality up front.Equally Ashton, while having prepared for this day for several months, is devastated because at, at one stage, he was convinced he would return to full fitness.He was hopeful of not only being a success at West Ham but also a part of Fabio Capello's World Cup squad for South Africa.Capello often admitted he was a big fan of the player.Ashton, who started at Crewe, made just 56 appearances at West Ham, bagging 19 goals.His problems started in August 2006 when he was called up by England coach Steve McClaren for a friendly against Greece.He broke his ankle in the first training session following a collision with Shaun Wright-Phillips.West Ham are pursuing a claim against the FA but as Ashton eventually returned to action, they could well be unsuccessful.After missing a full season, he came back in 2007-08, playing 35 games and hitting 11 goals.It earned him a new five-year contract at Upton Park, with wages of about £50,000.He also won an England cap under Capello, playing against Trinidad & Tobago in June last year but he broke down again last September.In May this year, Ashton was hopeful he would be in good shape for the start of the season but he started to suffer continued problems with the ankle.He is likely to take a break from the game before deciding whether to go for a career in coaching.Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/2767176/Ashton-forced-to-retire-at-26.html#ixzz0ZL4TROHT
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Knew he was finished from when he was asked his favorite food and said 'Pepperoni Pizza from Dominos'

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Knew he was finished from when he was asked his favorite food and said 'Pepperoni Pizza from Dominos'
lol he pledged to give up pizza's to get fit aswell guess they got the better of him in the end.
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Arsène Wenger is "very sad" about the retirement of Dean Ashton at the age of only 26.The West Ham United forward has failed to recover after breaking his ankle during a training session with England in August 2006. The former Crewe and Norwich player underwent several operations since the injury but was forced to announce his retirement from football on Friday morning."It is very sad that Dean Ashton has to retire because I always thought he was a very intelligent and efficient player," said the Arsenal manager."I liked him personally as a player and a personality on the pitch. It is sad, but in our job you depend on your health."I used to say that the first quality of a good football player is that they have a good health and we forget that many times
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He knew 4 months ago he was retiring apparently

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Lol Considering that was when the topic was made and it was in the paper...

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