Terry announces retirement, set to become Henry’s assistant at Aston Villa

Ipswich manager Mick Mc Carthy celebrates after the Sky Bet Football League Championship match between Fulham and Ipswich Town at Craven Cottage

Former Aston Villa and England captain John Terry has announced his retirement from playing.

Chelsea legend John Terry has announced his retirement from club football after over two decades of trophy laden career.

He wasn't just superb for his club side as he also scored six times in 78 appearances for the Three Lions of England.

Arsenal legend Martin Keown has insisted that Thierry Henry has always had the tools to become a great manager, amidst reports of him being close to becoming the next Aston Villa boss.

The 37-year old left Championship club Aston Villa at the end of last season, and has been without a club since.

He turned down the chance of a move to Spartak Moscow. The iconic footballer now works with Chelsea's youth sqauds and is yet to make an announcement whether he will stay in football or not.

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He was also among the golden generation of the Blues squad that won the UEFA Champions League title in Germany in 2012 after beating Bayern Munich on penalties.

In a lengthy Instagram post, he said: "I have many people to thank". The former Chelsea and England captain has made the decision after being unable to find a new club for four months.

"Brilliant support base, big history, but I am sure they will know who they want to go in there".

"We achieved so many great memories together and I couldn't have succeeded without you".

"Both men are winners and I hope the Premier League's best striker and defender prove a successful combination in the dugout".

His last game as a professional was Villa's 1-0 Championship play-off final defeat by Fulham in May - a loss that denied Villa a return to the Premier League. I look forward to the next chapter in my life and the challenges in my head.

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