Former Chelsea and England captain John Terry has called time on his football career after 23 years as a footballer.
The five time Premier League champion has been without a club after he left Aston Villa last summer.
Terry announced his retirement on his personal instagram page where he wrote:
“After 23 incredible years as a footballer, I have decided now is the right time for me to retire from playing.
“I have many people to thank. My wife and my two children, Georgie and Summer, for being my rocks throughout my career. I couldn’t have done it without you, I love you with all my heart.”
‘I thank my parents, Sue and Ted, for the sacrifices they made for me as a boy, giving me the best opportunity to fulfil my dream and become a professional footballer. My brother, Paul, for his help and advice throughout my career – and all my family and friends for their great support.
The Chelsea academy graduate is set to make his next move into management, with reports linking him to Aston Villa to become Thierry Henry’s assistant.
He was capped 78 times by the Three Lions and captained his country 34 times between 2006-2012.
Terry played a record 717 times for Chelsea after making his debut in 1998. He was captain of the Chelsea side that won the Champions League(2012) and Europa League the following season.
The Englishman also won 5 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups and 3 League Cups. He was also voted the PFA player of the season in 2004-2005.