By Toby Prince
Ex-England, Spurs and Liverpool striker Peter Crouch has announced his retirement at the age of 38.
The 6ft 7ins forward, whose 20-year career took in 11 clubs, said the time has come to refer to himself as a “former footballer”.
Crouch, who is married to supermodel Abbey Clancy, earned 42 caps for his country and said he has had “the time of my life”.
Writing in the Daily Mail, Crouchy said: “I have had 23 years to prepare for this moment but, now it is here, you realise nothing can prepare you at all.
“The time has come refer to myself as a ‘former footballer’; this incredible journey I have been on since I was 16 is over.
“My ambition was to play until I was 40, so it is scary saying the word ‘retirement’.
“It has left me emotional and it feels weird not to be preparing for a new campaign but circumstances over the last couple of seasons have made me realise that this is the right thing to do.”