Gravesen hangs up his boots
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Danish international midfielder Thomas Gravesen, reknowned for his combative style of play, has retired from football at the age of 32.

"I have spent some extraordinary years abroad, I have played and lived in four countries," said the Dane who played for Hamburg, Everton, Real Madrid and Celtic during his career.

"But I'm 32 years old, 33 in March, so before age and health force my hand, I have opted to take the decision to stop myself."

Gravesen called an end to his international playing days in 2006, having scored five goals in 66 games for Denmark.