Leighton Baines has announced his retirement from football following the end of Everton’s Premier League campaign.

The former England international came on as a substitute in the final League game as Everton lost 3-1 to Bournemouth at home.

The 35-year old made had been offered a 12-month contract extension by Everton.

Baines only made 9 appearances in all competitions for Everton this season.

He joined Everton from Wigan Athletic in 2007.

He scored 39 goals for in 420 appearances Everton and was the club’s first-choice left back until Lucas Digne joined from Barcelona in 2018.

Baines made 30 appearances for England and played in the 2014 World Cup.

“After speaking to my family, I feel now is the right time to end my playing career but I do so with many great memories at this proud football club,’’ Said Baines.

“As someone from the city, Everton means so much to me and it has been an honour to be part of the club for so long.”

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