Premier League record-breaker Gareth Barry retires after leaving West Brom

Gareth Barry holding a ball: Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

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Gareth Barry has retired from football at the age of 39 after ending his three-year spell with West Bromwich Albion.

The midfielder made a record 653 Premier League appearances, scoring 53 goals, and also earned 53 England caps. Barry developed as a youth player at Brighton before joining Aston Villa where he made his senior debut, going on to make 365 appearances in defence and midfield for the club.

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After 11 years at Villa Park, Barry joined Manchester City for £12m in 2009 and won the FA Cup and Premier League in his five-year stay. Barry then moved to Everton, initially on loan in 2013 before joining permanently a year later. He was named the Merseyside club’s player of the season in 2015-16.

Barry faced the prospect of

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