English Croatian striker Peter Crouch announces retirement from football

England's former rival, Peter Kruch, announced on Friday his retirement from football at the age of 38 after two decades as a pro.

The crowd Crouch, who spent the second half of last season in Burnley, made his debut in the English Championship in 2000 at the QPR and also played for Liverpool, Tottenham and Stoke.

He made his debut in England against Colombia in May 2005 and continued to play 42 times for the Three Lions, scoring 22 goals.

The front, tall 2.01 meters, confirmed his retirement on Twitter, writing: "After a lot of talk this summer I decided to quit football! Our wonderful game gave me everything."

"I am so grateful to all those who helped me get there and help me stay there for so long."

"If you told me at the age of 17 I would play in World Cups, get to the Champions League final, win the FA Cup and get 100 @premierleague goals that I could avoid at all costs."

"It's an absolute dream reality." Crouch played a total of 11 clubs, winning the FA Cup with Liverpool and helping them reach the Champions League final in 2007. He has scored 108 Premier League goals in 468 appearances.

"My ambition was to play until I was 40, so it's scary, saying the word" retirement, "" he said in a column for the Daily Mail.

"I've been feeling emotional and I feel weird not to prepare for a new campaign, but the conditions in the last two seasons have made me realize that this is the right thing."

"To go from a normal starter to someone whose role is limited to 10 or 15 minutes from the counter is hard to accept."

England's former opponent, Alan Shearer, wrote on Twitter: "Congratulations, great man, a brilliant career, and good luck."

The current England players Harry Maguire and Jack Butland, a Crouch teammate during his time at Stoke, also valued the attacker.

Maguire wrote: "Unbelievable career. Enjoy retirement." Butland added: "It was an honor to play and share a wardrobe with you the big man @petercrouch good luck in the next stage of your career."