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Tearful Hughes says farewell as he calls time on his career

Aaron Hughes
Aaron Hughes

By Paul Ferguson

An emotional Aaron Hughes last night retired from football after Northern Ireland's dramatic late winner in Borisov.

The Northern Ireland legend, capped 112 times by his country, wasn't in the matchday squad for the game, but in an teary-eyed address to the players in the dressing room afterwards, 39-year-old Hughes announced he would be hanging up his boots.

Hughes, who has played for Newcastle, Aston Villa, Fulham and Hearts during an illustrious career captained Northern Ireland to some magical nights over England, Spain and Sweden.

He also came out of his first international retirement in 2012 to play a key role as Northern Ireland made history by reaching the Euro 2016 finals.

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis said: "Aaron spoke to us in the dressing room after the game and he was a little bit emotional, which is understandable.

"He has been a huge player for us over many years, such a consistent performer, and he will be remembered as a proper legend.

"He was captain when I first came into the squad and he was always a model pro and player."

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