40 year old Leicester veteran Phillips hangs up his boots

Veteran striker Kevin Phillips has announced his retirement from playing after helping Leicester City win promotion to the Premier League.

Veteran striker Kevin Phillips has announced his retirement from playing after helping Leicester City win promotion to the Premier League.

The 40-year-old, capped eight times by England, will remain with Leicester, joining the coaching staff next season.

The Foxes are his ninth professional club - having previously played for Watford, Sunderland, Southampton, Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham City, Blackpool and Crystal Palace - in a career which began at Vicarage Road 1994 and in which he has scored 287 goals.

He is also the last Englishman to win the Premier League's Golden Boot, scoring 30 goals for Sunderland in 1999-2000.

Phillips said his last game against Doncaster at the King Power Stadium "seems like the perfect way to bow out".

"All my family will be at the King Power Stadium this weekend and it's going to be emotional. However, although it's going to be a strange feeling leaving the pitch for the final time as a player, now's the right time," Phillips told Sky Sports.

"If I'm being honest, I wasn't tempted by one more go at the Premier League. Last year I kind of knew I was going to carry on but this year, no. Plus, I don't particularly relish the idea of putting myself through another pre-season."

 
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