Phillips set to retire from football

Kevin Phillips
Kevin Phillips

Kevin Phillips has announced his decision to retire from professional football.

The 40-year-old will make his final appearance for Leicester on Saturday before bringing his 20-year career in football to an end.

Phillips scored 20 goals in 34 starts for the Seasiders under Ian Holloway during an 18-month spell at Bloomfield Road.

He then joined Crystal Palace, where he scored an extra-time penalty in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final last year to send the Eagles back to the Premier League.

Phillips has made 11 appearances for Leicester since joining the club in January 2014, and after clinching yet another promotion, he has decided to retire.

The striker said: “After 20 amazing years as a professional footballer, I’ve decided to announce my retirement.

“After scoring the winner to get Crystal Palace promoted at the end of last season there were a few voices in the back of my head saying ‘maybe I should retire now’.

“But I decided to continue for another season for the chance to play in the Premier League as a 40-year-old.

Phillips is now set to join the coaching staff at the King Power Stadium.

He added: “The manager at Leicester has offered me a position in the coaching staff, with a role with the first team for next season, which I’d like to pursue.”