Former England midfielder Scott Parker has announced his retirement from football at the age of 36.

Parker started his career in Charlton, before moving to Chelsea in 2004 for 10 million pounds.

He also played for Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham, making over 450 league appearances in his career.

He retired as a Fulham player, having been with them since 2013.

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Parker’s retirement statement read: “The decision to retire has not been an easy one for me but having thought long and hard over it, and having discussed it with those closest to me, I believe that now is the right time to move on to the next chapter in my life and career.

“When I started my career at Charlton Athletic all those years ago I could only have dreamt at that time just what was to follow over the next two decades. I feel incredibly honoured and proud to have enjoyed the career that I have and I’ve loved every moment of it.

“I have enjoyed so many incredible moments during my career. From making my first team debut at Charlton, to playing regularly in the Premier League, playing in the Champions League to then playing in a major tournament for England, as well as ultimately fulfilling a lifelong dream by captaining my country. There are just too many highlights to mention.”

He continued: “I would like to thank all of my team-mates over the course of my career as well as the coaches and managers that I’ve played under. I’ve learnt a huge amount from everyone that I’ve worked with that I have no doubt will hugely benefit me in my next career chapter.

“Finally, and most importantly, I would like to thank my family for all of their unconditional love and support throughout. My wife Carly, and all of her family, and our sons Frankie, Murphy, Sonny and Rafa have been there for me through everything and I thank them from the bottom of my heart. Thank you too to my Mum and Dad, who I hope I’ve made proud. Without them all nothing would have been possible.

“When I was a boy I dreamt of becoming a professional football player and I feel very honoured to have accomplished my dream. I have always tried to set high standards on and off the pitch. I hope most of all throughout my career I have been a good role model not only to my sons but also to all of my team-mates who played with me as well as all those who supported me.

“I’m now looking forward to the next chapter of my life and career and hope to make an announcement soon with regards to what that will be.”

 

Parker also won 18 England caps between 2003 and 2013, even captaining the Three Lions in a friendly against Holland in 2012.

Parker won the Football Writers’ Player of the Year award in the 2010/11 season, PFA Young Player of the Year 2004, and England Player of the Year in 2011, to name but a few.