Former Liverpool and England winger Stewart Downing has announced his retirement from football.
The 37-year-old began his career at Middlesbrough, breaking through as a teenager and winning the League Cup before moving to Aston Villa in 2009 and Liverpool in 2011.
In a statement, Downing noted: “After some time to relax and reflect with my family over the summer, I have decided the time has come to retire from playing professional football.
“I look back on the 35 times that I played for England with immense pride. I feel very lucky and fortunate to have had the career I have had.”
Downing spent two years at Anfield, winning the League Cup again, before moving on to West Ham and returning to Middlesbrough before ending his career with Blackburn Rovers.
Happy retirement, Stewart 🙌— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 2, 2021