That Day 2006: Dean Ashton suffered an ankle injury during England training session


England striker Dean Ashton broke his ankle while training with the national team on this day in 2006.

At the time there was no indication of how serious the injury was, but three years later he was forced to retire at the age of 26 after his surgeon warned that playing would make him unable to walk.

At first, his West Ham side were hoping Ashton would recover from the Shaun Wright-Phillips tackle fast enough to return in mid-November.

Dean Ashton suffered a career-ending ankle injury on duty in England (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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However, he missed the remainder of the season but returned to play for almost a full season with West Ham the following year, including his only England appearance in a June 2006 friendly against Trinidad and Tobago.

But a recurrence of injury after just five appearances early in the 2008-2009 season saw him sidelined again and in December the following year he announced his retirement from football after failing to recover sufficiently.

“As a player, you refuse to retire. They won’t allow the thought,” said the former Crewe and Norwich striker.

“I thought, ‘I might get shots, there’s going to be a way to go on,’ but it got to the point where there was a very real prospect that I might not be able to walk properly.

“I couldn’t walk a golf course or go shopping – all of a sudden I had to think about my quality of life and my children, not just football.” That Day 2006: Dean Ashton suffered an ankle injury during England training session

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