Neville announces retirement

Sports Network

, Last Updated: 3:55 PM ET

MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester United defender Gary Neville announced his retirement from professional football on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old has been limited to just three starts in league play this season because of injuries and inconsistency, but he retires from the club as one of its best defenders having made 602 appearances for the Red Devils.

During his time at Old Trafford, Neville has captured eight league titles, the Champions League, three FA Cups and two League Cups.

"I have been a Manchester United fan all my life and fulfilled every dream I've ever had," Neville told the club's official website. "Obviously I am disappointed that my playing days are at an end, however it comes to us all, and it's knowing when that time is and for me that time is now.

"I have played in the most incredible football teams, playing with some of the best players in the world as well as against them and I have been lucky to have been part of the team's achievements and the club's great success."

Neville has also been capped 85 times for England, playing in two World Cups and three European Championships.


Videos

Photos