Conor McLaughlin is one of the most popular international footballers to announce their retirement this year. He retired as a defender of Preston. The announcement came in the early part of the year. That is when Conor announced that, due to injury, he had decided to retire from the game. McLaughlin originally hails from Belfast. He then emerged in the football scene with Linfield. This was before he joined Preston. After that, he was lured to play for England, back in the year 2007.