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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Illustrious Career Ends For Lineker

LONDON -- Former Barcelona and England striker Gary Lineker, who wound up playing in Japan for Grampus Eight, announced Wednesday that lingering injuries will force him to retire at the end of this season.

Also a standout player for Everton and Tottenham, the English forward made the announcement to the BBC in a radio show. Speaking by telephone from his home in Nagoya, Japan, Lineker said his retirement "is really due to the fact that I've suffered badly through injury over the past two years."

Lineker, 34, spent a year inactive until this season because of a toe injury.

In a 13-year career, Lineker won league and cup titles in England and Spain with Everton, Tottenham and Barcelona. During his 80 games for England, he fell just one goal short of Bobby Charlton's scoring record of 49 goals in international colors.

Lineker says he plans to play the final 10 games of the Japanese league season before he quits for good.