Sunderland release goalkeeper Gordon
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Scottish international Craig Gordon's spell at Premier League side Sunderland ended on Saturday when he was released by manager Martin O'Neill just five years after being signed for a British record fee for a goalkeeper.

The 29-year-old, who was signed by then Sunderland manager Roy Keane for £9million in 2007, has had an injury-plagued time with the club and made just one appearance for them last season.

Gordon, capped 40 times and included in Craig Levein's recent squad for an upcoming friendly with USA, played just 95 times for the Black Cats due to breaking his arm twice among other injuries.

He fell down the pecking order as Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet made the first choice spot his own while Keiren Westwood leapfrogged him to become second choice.

O'Neill also sent Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner, former England full-back Wayne Bridge and Greek veteran Sotirios Kyrgiakos back to Arsenal, Manchester City and Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg respectively after loan spells.