Brad Friedel has explained what actions he took to prolong his playing career.
Friedel, 43, is one of a number of goalkeepers who have played past their 40th birthday, and he has told the FIFA website what key action he took to guarantee he could keep playing.
The American veteran said: “[Retiring from international football] massively helped. It all helped prolong my club career. But it doesn’t mean people have to stop in order to have a long career in club football.”
Friedel won 82 caps for the USMNT, retiring in 2005, despite still playing club football almost 10 years later.
A Premier League veteran for Liverpool, Blackburn, Aston Villa and Spurs, Friedel’s contract with the Lilywhites runs until the end of this season, and there is no guessing as to whether he will then retire completely.
In 2012, Friedel’s run of consecutive Premier League appearances came to an end, having made 310 in a row up to that point, and he is generally seen as one of the best stoppers of the Premier League generation.
It was after his international retirement that Friedel arguably became an even better goalkeeper than he was before, winning plenty of accolades with Blackburn and Villa before his transfer to White Hart Lane.
He might be 43-years-old by the end of this season, but there is no confirmation that Friedel will retire when it ends, and a report in the Telegraph in March claimed that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wanted to bring him to Stamford Bridge in the summer.