Former England, Southampton, West Brom and Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert announced his retirement from football.
Scoring 3 goals in 11 appearances for England and coming as a substitute in the 2014 World Cup, Lambert scored 218 goals in 607 league games in a career that spanned 19 years and took in nine clubs.
35 year old Lambert, has been without a club by mutual consent in July since leaving Cardiff city.
Spending his early carrier in the lower league, Lambert realized his ambition of playing in the Premier League, at the age of 30 for Southampton.
“I feel lucky to have been involved in this sport for as long as I have,” said the Liverpool-born forward.
Born and brought up in the Westvale area of Kirkby, Lambert joined the local club Liverpool at the age of 10 but was released at the age of 15. After that he began his career at Blackpool and played in the Football League with Macclesfield Town, Stockport County, Rochdale, Bristol Rovers before joining Southampton for over £1 million in 2009.
Back in 2013, Lambert was called up to the England team for the first time, scoring on his England debut at Wembley Stadium in a friendly against Scotland with his first touch. On 12 May 2014, he was named in the England squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
“I have had some ups and downs in my career, but to have represented clubs like Southampton and Liverpool and playing for my country in a World Cup were beyond my wildest dreams,” he said.
Having spent his early career in in the lower leagues, Lambert realised his ambition of playing in the Premier League, at the age of 30 for Southampton.
His club career started at Blackpool and included spells at Macclesfield Town, Stockport County, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers.
“Playing and scoring for England is probably my proudest professional moment and I will look back at every aspect of how I got there with fond memories”, Lambert expressed.