Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch has announced his retirement from football with immediate effect.
Crouch last represented Burnley after signing for the Premier League club from Stoke City in the 2019 January window.
The lanky striker will go down as a legend of the English game, having featured for a whole host of Premier League clubs.
Peter Crouch announces retirement from football
Crouch began his career at Tottenham Hotspur and had spells at Portsmouth, Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa as well.
However, he is best remembered for his spells at Liverpool and Stoke City where he enjoyed some success.
The 38-year-old also represented England at two World Cups – in 2006 and 2010, having made his international debut a year earlier against Colombia.
Numerous records to his name; a true legend of English football
Renowned for his prowess in the air and from set-piece situations, Crouch calls time on his career having scored the highest number of headed goals in the Premier League – 53.
He took to Twitter to announce his decision:
After a lot of deliberation this summer I have decided to retire from football !
Our wonderful game has given me everything.
I’m so thankful to everyone who helped me get there and to help me stay there for so long. X
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) July 12, 2019
“After a lot of deliberation this summer I have decided to retire from football! Our wonderful game has given me everything.
“I’m so thankful to everyone who helped me get there and to help me stay there for so long.
“If you told me at 17 I’d play in World Cups, get to a Champions League final, win the FA Cup and get 100 @premierleague goals I would have avoided you at all costs.
“It’s been an absolute dream come true.”
Crouch bows out of the game, having made a total of 468 Premier League appearances and scored 108 goals. He represented seven different clubs in England’s top-flight and is fondly remembered by each one of them.
It remains to be seen what Crouch’s next steps are. He could return to the Premier League in the capacity of a manager although he is likely to take some time off prior to that.