Giorgos Karagounis has said he will never forget the love and admiration he received from the Fulham faithful.

The Greek legend spent two years at Craven Cottage where he wore the white shirt 39 times and quickly became a cult hero.

The 37-year-old has now hanged up his boots after an incredible World Cup but has not forgotten Fulham and their loyal supporters.

He said “The love I got from the fans will always have a special place in my heart.

“I always hold those kind of memories dear and I will never forget that special devotion.”

‘Kara’ said it was a good experience as it is always a great thing for a footballer to make it to the Premier League.

However, he noted that a number of changes, such as the dismissal of managers, during his last months in London had a negative effect on the club.

The team were relegated in May after 13 years in the Premier League and struggled this season in the Championship until Felix Magath was dismissed.

Much have been said regarding the German’s methods but Karagounis did not find him eccentric and insisted that he should not take all the blame for the team’s situation.

“He (Magath) was not ready for that kind of step.

“He had different beliefs and it was hard for him to contribute to the team.

“His ways didn’t help but things were already difficult.”

The former midfielder’s last stand took place in Brazil where Greece came a whisker away from qualifying for the quarter-finals.

The Greek said that the National’s appearance last summer was equally as successful as the Euro 2004 triumph because it established them as one of the best in the world.

Now he has taken a new role on Greece’s coaching staff next to former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri.