Former England and Chelsea captain John Terry has officially announced his retirement from football.
Terry, 37, has been without a club since leaving Championship side Aston Villa in the late spring.
The defender made the declaration on his Instagram account, saying: “Following 23 inconceivable years as a footballer, I have chosen currently as the perfect time for me to resign from playing.”
Terry, who won 78 England tops, left Chelsea in 2017 after 19 seasons at the London club.
He won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, a Champions League title and the Europa League in his opportunity at Stamford Bridge.
The 37-year-old composed on Instagram: “Following 23 mind blowing a very long time as a footballer, I have chosen presently is the opportune time to resign from playing.
“I have numerous individuals to thank. My wife Toni and my two youngsters, Georgie and Summer, for being my stones all through my profession – I couldn’t have done it without you, I adore you with everything that is in me.
“I thank my folks, Sue and Ted, for the penances they made for me as a kid, giving me the best chance to satisfy my fantasies and turn into an expert footballer. My sibling, Paul, for his assistance and counsel all through my profession – and all my family and companions for their awesome help.
“As a 14-year-old, I settled on my best and greatest choice: to sign for Chelsea Football Club. Words will never be sufficient to indicate how much everybody at the club intends to me, specifically the fans.
“Ideal from the start they have given me add up to help, on and off the pitch, and I have an enormous bond with them. We accomplished such a large number of incredible recollections together and I couldn’t have prevailing without you.
“To me you are the best fans on the planet. I trust I have done all of you pleased wearing the shirt and the armband.
“I need to thank my stunning colleagues, coaches, administrators and private alcove staff, I’s identity respected to work with and gain from. They all sided me on my approach to playing 717 diversions for the club I adore and it was a benefit to serve them as skipper.
“They additionally helped me accomplish my childhood long for playing for a captaining England, of which I am gigantically glad.
“My club vocation and heart will dependably have a place with Chelsea, however I am appreciative for my advance spell at Nottingham Forest in 1999, which was priceless for my improvement as a youthful player.
“What’s more, I need to state a thank you to Aston Villa for giving me the chance to play at such enormous club and captain it all through the 2017/18 season. It was a benefit to speak to such eminent football club with incredible fans.
“I anticipate the next section in my life and the difficulties ahead.”