Jermaine Jenas has formally announced his retirement from professional football. The 32-year-old midfielder last played for Queens Park Rangers (QPR) in April 2014 and has never fully recovered from a knee injury he suffered later that month.
The England international has subsequently worked as a pundit for the BBC, agreeing a two-year deal with the broadcaster in November 2014. Jenas – who played more than 400 times in his career for a number of clubs, including Nottingham Forest, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur – made the decision after admitting defeat in his battle against long-term injury.
"I have officially retired. I tried my best to come back from the knee injury but unfortunately that is the end of my career," he told the BBC.
Jenas played 21 times for his country, scoring in a friendly against Switzerland, and was named the PFA Young Player of the Year at the end of the 2002-03 season. He was also part of the Tottenham side that defeated Chelsea in the League Cup final in 2008, setting up Jonathan Woodgate's winning goal.
He then featured in the QPR team that was relegated from the Premier League in 2013. Jenas remained with the club during his rehabilitation from his career-ending cruciate injury, before making the move into punditry, where he has been generally praised for his contributions on Tv and radio.