Former England and Chelsea captain John Terry has announced his retirement from football.
Terry, 37, has been without a club since leaving Championship side Aston Villa in the summer.
Twenty-two years as a Blue. Fifteen major trophies. One of the finest careers of any Englishman in the history of the game.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 7, 2018
The defender made the announcement on his Instagram account, saying: “After 23 incredible years as a footballer, I have decided now is the right time for me to retire from playing.”
Terry, who earned 78 England caps, left Chelsea in 2017 after two decades at the London club.
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He won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, a Champions League title in his time at Stamford Bridge, becoming the club’s most decorated player.
The centre-back also won five league cups and a Europa League in more than 700 appearances for Chelsea.
Terry spent the 2017-18 season at Aston Villa and his last game as a professional was the 1-0 Championship play-off final defeat to Fulham in May.
He left Villa Park when his one-year contract expired and turned down a move to Spartak Moscow last month, despite reportedly having a medical, saying it was not right for his family.