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Henry Forced Psycho To Retire

Stuart Pearce says players such as Thierry Henry changed his mind about playing on past 40.

The England hero felt fit and ready for action, but the thought of being made to look foolish by the pacey Frenchman forced his hand, and decided retirement was the better option.

'Manchester City had just been promoted, I was only 40, felt reasonably fit and believed I could have gone on for another season,' said Pearce.

'But when I thought about the prospect of going into the Premier League and playing against someone like Thierry Henry, I knew I would just embarrass myself. It is the likes of him that forced me into retirement.'

Pearce went on to heap praise onto the Arsenal captain saying watching Henry was akin to being at school.

'The only thing I can liken it to is playground football when one kid is so much better than the rest,' he said. 'At times it is that breathtaking.

'He has an arrogance which is born out of his ability. He knows he is a good player.

'After matches, he always talks about the team but he knows he is the man who makes Arsenal tick.'

Lets just hope the Premiership doesn't lose the leagues most exciting player, although I'm sure a few readers will disagree.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 3 2006

Time: 8:44PM

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it would of been great if he could of gone on for a season maybe he could of come back to us instead of facing good players.
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03/05/2006 20:46:00

40 years old that is to much to old to play.I mean you will touch the ball and then break your back.
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03/05/2006 21:20:00

Not really. Teddy Sherringham (as much as I hate him) is still doing a job for West Ham, it just depends how you look after yourself!!
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03/05/2006 21:25:00

teddt still doing it, i see theres even a chance sven will come calling!
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03/05/2006 22:21:00

Age barrier is by and large a state of mind thing. If one has the heart, mind and determination of a youngster (many do in all spheres of life)he can rock em to the lovely 40s with some degree of caution. TH exhibited that heroic stature in his young days (read this somewhere) and continues to be to this day. He magical style amazes any 4 year old kid to a 40 year old veteran.
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03/05/2006 23:33:00

Teddy is doing it at West ham, yes. But he is usually used as a sub, and he's also a forward, so he doesn't have to go chasing pacy wingers and strikers. He's also got a footballing brain so he can be yards ahead of an opponent by thinking quicker.
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04/05/2006 03:29:00

Psycho could still be playing now. If you watch him on the sidelines he "Kicks" everytime his players should. Quality player, Quality manager.
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04/05/2006 12:03:00

Cannot agree with you more BigYid. And also has more passion and pride than any of the other present candidates for the england job. I hope he goes on to be a massive success in the next few years and is the only name on the list for the next england manager.
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04/05/2006 12:33:00

He is a great player and manager now but maybe he could have stayed on after 40 , but fitness and pace and stamina would have been a problem.
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05/05/2006 17:12:00

I think pace more than anything else would have done for him. It just gets quicker & quicker in the premiership.
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08/05/2006 15:42:00


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