Sun goes out of England

Veteran Chinese international defender Sun Jihai ended a seven year spell in English football on Monday as he left Championship side Sheffield United.

The 31-year-old - who played for Manchester City for seven years before joining Sheffield United last year - had admitted to being homesick and opted to return to China.

Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell told BBC Radio Sheffield that Sun - who only started 11 matches for United - had missed his family

"Sun found it difficult to settle here. He was living with his mother and missed his family," said Blackwell. "He was a great professional and was a great example to the young players at the club. I wish him all the best."

Sun - capped over 70 times - had initially come to England back in 1998 and stayed for a year with Crystal Palace before returning to China but then came back to England to join City in 2002.