The announcement means that his 20-year career as a professional footballer comes to an end. He spent his last two seasons at Blackburn Rovers making a total of 62 appearances.
“After some time to relax and reflect with my family over the summer, I have decided the time has come to retire," he said in a statement.
"I would like to thank all the football clubs I played for during my career and all of their fantastic fans and staff. I'd also like to thank all of the great managers I played for.
"As I kid I could have only dreamed of playing for the teams I played for and of getting to share the pitch with some of the players I shared a pitch with. I played with and against
some unbelievable players over the years.”