Former England winger Darren Anderton will play his last ever league game this weekend.
Anderton, who amassed 30 England caps, will play his 569th career match for League Two Bournemouth against Chester on Saturday.
36 year old Anderton made his debut 18 years ago and played for Portsmouth, Spurs, Birmingham City and Wolves. Despite missing much of the 1996 season with injury, he was one of the stars of that year’s European Championships as Terry Venables guided England to the semi finals.
Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo, Anderton said:
It’s a tough decision and Saturday will be a sad day. I’ve been lucky to come to Bournemouth and have really enjoyed it. It’s been a great way to finish my career.
I was finding training hard work and rather than just slogging on and not enjoying it, I have made this decision.
I would to thank all the supporters for the fantastic backing I have had since my first minute at the club.