26 July 2020 22:30
Leighton Baines has confirmed his retirement from football after 13 years at Everton. The 35-year-old full-back made 420 appearances for Everton, captaining the side and scoring 39 goals after joining the club from Wigan in 2007. Baines, who was also capped 30 times by England and appeared at the 2014 World Cup, announced his decision announced following the club's 3-1 defeat by Bournemouth on the final day of the Premier League season. He was offered a one-year contract extension by the Toffees, but has only played 17 times in the last two seasons as Lucas Digne took over as first-choice left-back. "I am incredibly proud to have represented Everton for the past 13 years and my decision to retire has been a difficult one to make," Baines wrote in a statement.
"After speaking to my family, I feel now is the right time to end my playing career but I do so with many great memories at this proud football club. "As someone from the city, Everton means so much to me and it has been an honour to be part of the Club for so long. "I would like to thank everyone who has supported me during my time at Everton, especially the fans who have been fantastic with me from the moment I signed." Everton defender Baines retires from football At the age of 35, the former England full-back has called time on his footballing career following 420 appearances for the Toffees Leighton Baines has announced his retirement from football following the end of's Premier League campaign. Former international Baines – who had been offered a one-year contract extension by – made his 420th and final appearance for the Toffees on Sunday, as Carlo Ancelotti's side went down 3-1 to Bournemouth. The 35-year-old, who has made nine appearances in all competitions this season, came on as a second-half substitute at Goodison Park.
The victory, courtesy of goals from Yves Bissouma and Aaron Connolly, means the Seagulls finish 15th with 41 points - one better than the total achieved in 2017-18. The Seagulls rattled the Clarets during the opening 30 minutes and took the lead through Malian Bissouma, who marked his first Premier League goal with wonderful side-foot strike from 25 yards. It should have been 2-0 seconds after the restart when Neal Maupay, the club's top scorer this season with 10 goals, headed Tariq Lamptey's cross against the bar. Burnley, without five key first-team players including skipper Ben Mee, looked off the pace in the first half, but managed to level just before the break when Chris Wood fired in with a low shot. However, it was again advantage Brighton five minutes after the restart when Connolly shrugged off an attempted challenge by Kevin Long on the left before threading his angled shot past Nick Pope. The Seagulls' stubborn defence was then pushed to the limit by waves of Burnley attacks. It seemed the home side had equalised again when Jay Rodriguez headed in - but a video assistant referee check ruled that team-mate Wood was offside. Despite defeat Sean Dyche has led his modestly-priced squad to a second top-10 finish in five Premier League seasons. Brighton's defence keeps Burnley at bay Media playback is not supported on this device Burnley 1-2 Brighton: Seagulls worthy of the three points - Graham Potter Brighton's style of play may have changed under manager Graham Potter, but one thing that has remained constant from the Chris Hughton era is the miserly defence. In fact, Potter has made them a tighter outfit, conceding 1.42 goals per game this season compared to 1.57 in 2018-19 when they also finished just above the drop zone. With centre-back Ben White set to return to the south coast from a very successful loan spell at Leeds, expect Brighton to be even tougher to break down next season. Bissouma's strike was the standout moment, but both Maupay and Connolly excelled. The Seagulls boss praised his side for inflicting Burnley's first home league defeat since New Year's Day, and added: "We can go into a little break and have some time with the family, hopefully enjoy that and come back and try to improve." Questions remain as Burnley end on low note Little could have been done to stop Bissouma's strike, which effectively ended Pope's hopes of winning the Premier League Golden Glove, but Long should have done better to hold off Connolly for the second goal. In attack, Wood took his goal well, controlling Erik Pieters' perfect pass before slotting in, while the hard-working Jay Rodriguez will be aggrieved his second-half header was chalked off by VAR because Wood was offside. Man of the match - Lewis Dunk (Brighton) Lewis Dunk (left) was a brick wall and made a crucial block to deny what would have been a certain goal for Kevin Long Brighton end Burnley jinx - the stats Burnley have now lost all four of their matches on the final day of the season since their return to the Premier League in 2016-17, with each of them coming at home. Brighton have won their first league meeting against Burnley since August 2013 after failing to win their previous eight (D6 L2). Brighton's two goals against Burnley were as many as they managed in their first five Premier League matches against the Clarets combined. Pieters has provided four assists for Burnley in the Premier League this season - more than he managed in his previous three seasons in the competition with Stoke City (three). Wood scored 14 goals in the league this season - the third-best return in a single campaign in his career in the English leagues after 2012-13 (20) and 2016-17 (27). Bissouma scored his first goal in the Premier League in his 50th appearance in the competition. Live Text Line-ups Burnley 1 Pope 7 Gudmundsson Substituted for Brady at 75' minutes 19 Rodriguez Substituted for Vydra at 78' minutes Substitutes 12 Brady 8 Bissouma Substituted for Pröpper at 73' minutes 44 Connolly Substituted for Murray at 90' minutes 7 Maupay Substituted for Jahanbakhsh at 90+3' minutes Substitutes 11 Trossard 30 Bernardo Referee: Jonathan Moss Match Stats Live Text Post update Match ends, Burnley 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2. Full Time Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2. Post update Corner, Burnley. Post update Josh Brownhill (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Post update Foul by Tariq Lamptey (Brighton and Hove Albion). Booking Erik Pieters (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. Post update Foul by Erik Pieters (Burnley). Post update Tariq Lamptey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing. Aaron Mooy (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Tariq Lamptey (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Post update Foul by Chris Wood (Burnley). Post update Mat Ryan (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Post update Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Post update Attempt blocked. Aaron Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Robbie Brady (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Post update Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Booking Phil Bardsley (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. Post update Foul by Phil Bardsley (Burnley). It was a really good team effort, a lot of young players on the pitch and lot players in their first season in the premier League. Burnley ended the season in 10th after the Clarets lost their final match of the Premier League campaign 2-1 to Brighton. Brighton went in front when Yves Bissuma curled home a delightful shot after Burnley failed to clean a corner. The Clarets leveled on the stroke of half time when Chris Wood expertly brought down Erik Pieters' curling centre before tucking home. But the Seagulls restored their advantage through Aaron Connolly early in the second half when he out-muscled Kevin Long and finished neatly. In an open contest the Clarets thought they had restored parity when Rodriguez flicked in an Ashley Westwood corner but VAR ruled it out for offside against Johann Berg Gudmundsson on the line. Rodriguez then headed against Dale Stephens on the line from a Wood flick before Long was denied by a block as the home side pressed for an equaliser. But none was forthcoming and the Clarets end the campaign in 10th place with Pope missing out on the golden glove award to Man City's Ederson.