After making 800 appearances over the course of a 23-year career, former Everton and England defender Phil Jagielka announced his retirement on Tuesday at the age of 41.
Before joining Everton in 2007, the center back spent seven years of his playing career at Sheffield United.
After spending 12 seasons at Goodison Park, Jagielka rose to prominence and was named Everton’s captain in 2013.
He missed Everton’s final loss to Chelsea because of injury, although he did score the game-winning penalty for Everton in the 2009 FA Cup semi-final shootout triumph over Manchester United at Wembley.
Following Sheffield United’s promotion to the Premier League in 2019, Jagielka was released by Everton and returned to the club for two seasons.
Between 2008 and 2016, Jagielka, who was let go by Stoke at the end of the previous campaign, earned 40 caps for England.
Jagielka posted on Instagram, “After just over 800 appearances, my playing career is done. All good things come to an end.”
“I never would have thought that I would get the opportunity to represent my nation and play elite football for these incredible clubs.
“I have so many people to thank for that; it has been an absolute honor to walk onto the grass for every match.”