Chelsea’s third choice goalkeeper Rob Green has announced his retirement from playing at the age of 39 according to reports by The Blues’ official website.

The Chertsey-born former England international stopper signed a one-year contract at Stamford Bridge last summer and has provided cover for both Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero.

Green has not made a single appearance for The Blues this season and he has now confirmed that he will be hanging up his boots once his contract comes to an end on 30 June.

The player’s final act in a Chelsea shirt was to lift the UEFA Europa League trophy with his teammates in Baku on Wednesday evening. A second half goal blitz saw the South West Londoners beat Arsenal 4-1 to win the competition for the second time in just six years.

Green is best known for his impressive spells with both Norwich City and West Ham United at the beginning of his career. The player made over 200 appearances for both of those clubs while he was handed his first senior international call-up to the England side while with Norwich City.

The keeper was capped 12 times by his country while he was a promotion-winner from the second tier on three occasions. He can now add a UEFA Europa League winners’ medal to his trophy cabinet following a successful year at The Bridge.

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