Jonathan Walters: Striker announces retirement from football

Jonathan Walters celebrates
Walters scored 131 goals in his career

Burnley and Republic of Ireland striker Jonathan Walters has announced his retirement from football because of an Achilles injury.

The 35-year-old was on-loan at Championship side Ipswich this season, but made just three appearances after suffering the injury in September.

Walters played over 600 club and international games, scoring 131 goals.

"It's been epic," Walters wrote on Twitter.external-link "I am now retired from playing football."

He added: "Isn't it Achilles heel has literally been my Achilles heel and finished me off! Veni vidi vici," a Latin phrase attributed to Roman emperor Julius Caesar that translates as, "I came, I saw, I conquered."

Walters played a large portion of his career in the Premier League with Stoke where he was an FA Cup runner-up in 2011, as well as playing five seasons in the Championship with Ipswich, where he won the club's Player of the Year award in 2007.

Jonathan Walters on Twitter
Germany tweet
The Germany national team paid tribute to Walters on Twitter
Jonathan Walters injury
Walters failed to recover after going down injured against Bolton in September

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