Jermain Defoe has announced his status from football.
The 39-year-old, who made his nonrecreational debut for West Ham successful 2000, scored 305 goals successful 764 appearances during his career.
Defoe went connected to play for Tottenham, Portsmouth, Sunderland and Bournemouth successful the Premier League, portion helium besides won the Scottish Premiership with Rangers past twelvemonth and spent a play astatine Toronto FC successful Major League Soccer.
He scored 20 goals successful 57 appearances for England and was portion of the World Cup squad successful 2010.
Defoe ended his playing vocation astatine Sunderland aft signing a short-term woody with the League One nine successful January.
A connection from Defoe released connected Thursday read: ‘After 22 years successful the game, I person decided to discontinue from nonrecreational football. It’s been a truly pugnacious decision, and 1 I person discussed with my household and those closest to me.
‘I made my nonrecreational debut astatine 17-years-old successful 1999, and I consciousness present is the close clip to bow out. I person had an unthinkable journey, and person met immoderate astonishing radical successful the game. Football volition ever stay successful my blood, and it gives maine large pridefulness and restitution to look backmost connected the blessed vocation that I’ve had.
‘I present look guardant to spending immoderate prime clip with my friends and household earlier moving guardant connected this adjacent section successful my career. Thank you to each the fans from each nine I’v...