Aaron Lennon retires: Former Tottenham and England winger hangs up his boots, aged 35

Retired: Aaron Lennon  (Action Images via Reuters)
Retired: Aaron Lennon (Action Images via Reuters)

Aaron Lennon, the former Tottenham and England player, has retired from football at the age of 35.

The winger has been without a club since his second contract at Burnley expired in the summer. He also credits Everton and Leeds amongst his former clubs.

Lennon had been open to further pastures new but with no offers forthcoming, has decided to hang up his boots for good.

"I've finally decided that the time is right to hang my boots up, having weighed up my options I didn't feel any were right for me and my young family," he wrote on Twitter.

"It has been a very tough decision as football has been my life since probably the age of three and the last 20 years playing professionally at the very top has been so amazing.

"Football means so much to me and always will do. I don't think I even realised how much until started considering this retirement, it has been everything and more.

"Now I'm very excited for this next chapter in my life and spending a lot more time with my loved ones. There is so much (I) want to do and give back with all my experience and experiences on and off the pitch and will be doing so in the near future.

"Football world thank you from the bottom of my heart."