T&T great Kenwyne Jones retires
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T&T great Kenwyne Jones retires

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Trinidad & Tobago international Kenwyne Jones (pictured) announced his retirement from football on November 20, 2017. (Photo: Mexsport)

ATLANTA -- Trinidad & Tobago international forward Kenwyne Jones announced Monday his retirement, ending an 18-year playing career.

The 33-year-old earned 90 caps, including two in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and scored 23 goals.

“My decision to retire from playing has not been an easy one for me but having thought about it at length, and having discussed it with those closest to me, I believe that now is the right time to move on to the next chapter in my life and career,” Jones said.

He most recently competed for Atlanta United (USA), but also played with Cardiff City (Wales); Bournemouth, Sheffield Wednesday, Southampton, Sunderland, Stoke City (England); and Al Jazira (United Arab Emirates).  He also suited up for T&T sides Joe Public, DirecTV W Connection and Central FC.

A veteran of three CONCACAF Gold Cups (2011, 2013, 2015), Jones starred in 2015.  In a 4-4 group-stage draw against eventual-champion Mexico, he enjoyed a career game, scoring once and assisting twice.

“I feel incredibly honored and proud to have enjoyed the career I've had,” remarked Jones.  “I've loved every moment of it, being part of history and playing before fans of my country and the different teams I represented.  It has been a huge distinction to captain my national team at the senior and youth level and these were some of the best years of my life."

Jones was selected T&T player of the year in 2007, 2010 and 2013.

“I’ve been privileged to play with and be involved in football with people from all different races, religions and backgrounds working together for one shared goal," he finished.  "The core values that I have learnt during this chapter are some of the most important you can learn in life.”

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