Jagielka Announces Retirement From Professional Football At 41
Former England defender and Everton captain Phil Jagielka has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 41.
Jagielka was released by Championship side Stoke City at the end of the 2022/2023 season and had been without a club since.
Jagielka started his career at Sheffield United before spending 12 years at Everton.
He then ended his career with short spells back at Brammal Lane, Derby County and Stoke.
At international level, Jagielka featured 40 times for the England national team and was part of their squads at the 2012 European Championships and 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Announcing his retirement on Instagram, Jagielka wrote: “All good things come to an end and after just over 800 appearances my playing career is done.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would get to play football at the highest level for some amazing clubs as well as my country.
“It’s been an absolute honour to step onto the grass for every match and I have so many people to thank for that.”