Harry Redknapp fears Jonathan Woodgate will be forced to retire if one final operation fails to cure his nightmare groin problem.
Chelsea have announced that promising defender Sam Hutchinson has been forced to retire from professional football at the age of just 21.
Brazil striker Neymar has broken the mould by rejecting the chance to join a big European club, instead opting to sign a five-year contract extension with Brazilian club Santos.
Australian football has been rocked by a heated public feud between Socceroo Harry Kewell and his former international team-mate Robbie Slater, who had told Kewell to retire.
Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez has revealed he is eager to retire from football and plans to return to Argentina within three years.
Mexico captain Rafael Marquez has refuted reports that he is set to retire from international football, revealing that he plans to play for his country for at least two more years and may even continue until the next World Cup.
Ghana midfielder Stephen Appiah has responded passionately to requests from his homeland for him to retire, insisting "I will play until I'm 50 years old".
Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes isn't planning to retire at the end of the upcoming season, so long as his body and form warrant yet another year in the Premier League.
Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs has not ruled out the possibility that he will end his career in the MLS.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst has revealed he would refuse to take a drugs test if Netherlands win the World Cup final.
German legend Lothar Matthaus has said that Michael Ballack should consider retiring from international football as the team played better without him at the World Cup.
Captain Philipp Lahm described defeat to Spain as a "huge disappointment" for a Germany side that had impressed vividly before being eliminated in the semi-finals of the World Cup on Wednesday night.
Roque Santa Cruz says Paraguay must beat Japan and reach the quarter-finals after revealing he is planning to retire from international duty.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has re-iterated that the state of his health is the key criteria in deciding when will be the right time to retire.
Italy midfielder Gennaro Gattuso will retire from international duty following the World Cup but says he would like to coach the Azzuri in the future.
Serbia defender Nemanja Vidic has hinted he may retire from international football after the World Cup.