England Striker Peter Crouch announces retirement

London: The former English striker Peter Crouch announced on Friday that he would stop playing football after 38 years of experience as a professional boss at the age of 38.

The much-traveled Crouch, who spent the second half of last season in Burnley, made his English league debut in 2000 at QPR and also played for Liverpool, Tottenham and Stoke.

He made his debut in England against Colombia in May 2005 and went to play 42 times for the Three Lions, scoring 22 goals.

The attacker, who is a towering 2.01 meter tall, confirmed his retirement on Twitter and wrote: "After much consultation this summer, I decided to retire from football! Our beautiful game gave me everything." I am so thankful for everyone who helped me get there and help me stay there so long. "If you told me at the age of 17 that I would play in World Cups, go to a Champions League final, win the FA Cup and reach 100 @ premierleague goals, I would have avoided you at all costs." It was an absolute dream come true. "

"My ambition was to play until I was 40, so it's frightening to say the word & # 39; retirement & # 39;" he said in a column for the Daily Mail.

"It has made me emotional and it feels strange not to be prepared for a new campaign, but the circumstances of the past few seasons have made me realize that this is the right thing to do.

"To be a regular starter to someone whose role is limited to 10 or 15 minutes from the bank was hard to accept."

The former English striker Alan Shearer wrote on Twitter: "Congrats great man, a brilliant career and good luck in the future."

Current English players Harry Maguire and Jack Butland, a teammate of Crouch's during his time at Stoke, also paid tribute to the striker.

Maguire wrote: "Incredible career. Enjoy retirement."

Butland added: "An honor to play and share a dressing room with your great man @ petercrouch good luck in the next phase of your career."

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