Former England and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on Friday announced his decision to retire from football following a turbulent injury crisis.
Wilshere, who had six months with AGF in Denmark this year, confirmed this on his social media account.
Wilshere, 30-year-old had 34 England caps, 197 appearances for Arsenal and won two FA Cups after making his debut as a 16-year-old.
Wilshere had spells at West Ham, Bolton, Bournemouth and Danish side AGF Aarhus.
In a statement on social media, Wilshere caps said his career has been slipping away in recent times.
“It has been an unbelievable journey filled with so many incredible moments and I feel privileged to have experienced all that I did during my career,” he said.
“From being the little boy kicking a ball around in the garden to captaining my beloved Arsenal and playing for my country at a World Cup. I have lived my dream.”
Before signing for AGF in February, Wilshere had only played 36 games since leaving Arsenal in 2018.
Injuries plagued his career while he was also without a club for a period during the 2020-21 season.
“In truth, it has been difficult to accept that my career has been slipping away in recent times due to reasons outside of my control whilst feeling that I have still had so much to give,” Wilshere said.
“Having played at the very highest level I have always held such ambitions within the game and if I am truthful I did not envisage being in this position at times.
“However, having had time to reflect and talk with those closest to me I know that now is the right time and despite the difficult moments I look back on my career with great pride at what I have achieved.”