Barton opts to end career - 30/03/2004
Veteran Wimbledon defender Warren Barton has announced his retirement at the age of 35.
The former Newcastle and England defender has also left his post as chairman of the Professional Footballers Association.
He is currently studying for a Uefa coaching course and intends to pursue a career in management.
"There are a couple of options open to me on the coaching front but we will have to wait and see," he said.
"I have had a wonderful career but it is time to call it a day."
Barton returned to Wimbledon this year to help the club following their lengthy list of departures in the wake of administration.
He spent seven seasons with Newcastle and also played for Derby and QPR.
He won three caps for England in the mid-1990's.
Barton will be succeeded at the player's union by his Dons team-mate Dean Holdsworth.
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