Matthew Upson: MK Dons defender had 'big decision'

Matthew Upson
Matthew Upson scored twice in 21 appearances for England

Former England defender Matthew Upson says he had to make "a big decision" over whether to continue playing.

Upson, 36, has joined MK Dons after an injury-hit season at Leicester.

"It was a big decision for me this summer - I had such a difficult season last year after having a bad injury at Brighton," said Upson.

"I had some surgery and it really set me back. I had to do a lot of work in the summer to get to a place where I was happy to play another season."

Upson had a foot operation after joining Leicester from Brighton last summer, restricting him to six appearances for the Foxes in the top flight and FA Cup in 2014-15.

The former Birmingham, West Ham, Stoke and Brighton centre-back has played 450 career games in all competitions.

And he says that the style of football MK Dons boss Karl Robinson likes his team to play was a big factor in signing a one-year deal.

"I enjoy to pass the ball and think the Dons do that very well," Upson told BBC Three Counties Radio.

"It's a very progressive, up-and-coming club, so it's an exciting proposition for me at the age that I'm at."

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