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Sunderland fans annoyed O’Shea isn’t retiring

John O’Shea has quashed reports that he plans to retire at the end of the season, and Sunderland fans are gutted.

Reports this week suggested O’Shea would retire when this season ends, as his contract at Sunderland runs out this summer, but the 36 year-old says this isn’t true.

The Irish defender has started 27 Championship games for Sunderland this season, who sit five points adrift of safety going into their clash with Derby County on Friday night.

While O’Shea certainly isn’t solely to blame for all the Black Cats’ problems, he has had a relatively poor season, and his lack of pace has been a real problem at times.

“When I wake up in the morning my body still feels good – believe me, if it didn’t I’d be the first one to admit it and finish up,” O’Shea said.

“There’s plenty of things to look forward to when my playing career ends, from coaching and management to media and punditry work, and spending more time with my family, but my wife is certainly happy I’ve decided to play on for another year!”

O’Shea says his fitness this season has shown he can still perform, but insists he is only focused on keeping Sunderland in the Championship.

“First and foremost, I’m concentrating on helping the team between now and the end of the season – that’s the big thing, that’s the only thing.”

Fans haven’t been particularly impressed by the defender this season, and they are even less impressed by his plans to continue playing.

Some of the best Twitter reactions can be found below…

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