Injury forces West Ham striker Dean Ashton to retire aged 26

Ollie Irish

11th, December 2009



Remember when Dean Ashton was hailed as the next Alan Shearer? It wasn’t so long ago a handful of seasons, no more.

But in August 2006, Ashton broke his ankle during an England training session. He missed all of the 2006-07 season but did return the following season to play 30-odd games for West Ham. In May 2008 he made his delayed England debut, in a friendly against Trinidad & Tobago. Despite these encouraging signs, he never fully recovered from the injury.

Even without medical advice telling him to call it a day, Ashton must have known in his heart felt in his body that he would never be the same player and so today he announced his retirement from professional football, at

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