Former England international Darius Vassell calls time on career
Former England and Aston Villa striker Darius Vassell has announced his retirement at the age of 35.
The Sutton Coldfield-born player, who had been without a club since 2012, earned 22 England caps, scoring six goals, during the reign of manager Sven-Goran Eriksson.
He had spells with Manchester City, Turkish side Ankaragucu and Leicester after leaving Villa in 2005.
In a statement released by his management company, Oporto Sports, Vassell said: "I have enjoyed my career in football playing at the highest level, doing something I genuinely loved, and I felt that now was the right time to announce my retirement and look to the next phase of my life."
He will write a book about his career, Vassell said.
Vassell played at the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004. England reached the quarter-finals of the latter tournament before losing in a penalty shoot-out to hosts Portugal, with Vassell seeing his spot-kick saved by future Leicester team-mate Ricardo.