Kenwyne Jones has decided to call time on his 18-year playing career.
The former Southampton, Sunderland and Stoke City forward has announced his retirement from the game at the end of a career during which he made 90 appearances with 23 goals for Trinidad and Tobago. He made his debut against Finland on January 29th, 2003.
Jones was named Trinidad and Tobago Footballer of the Year in 2007, 2010 and 2013.
He was named Sunderland Player of the Year in 2007/2008 as well as Players’ Player of the Year that same season. He was also named the Secondary Schools Football League Player of the Year in 2002 as a player for St Anthony’s College.
Kenwyne played in two World Cups, the 2001 FIFA Under 17 Men’s World Cup in T&T and the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany. He appeared in three Concacaf Gold Cups in 2005, 2013 and 2015.
He also played for the National Under 15 Team in the period leading up to the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
“My decision to retire from playing has not been an easy one for me but having thought about it at length, and having discussed it with those closest to me, I believe that now is the right time to move on to the next chapter in my life and career,” Jones said in a statement today.
“I feel incredibly honoured and proud to have enjoyed the career I’ve had and I’ve loved every moment of it, being part of history and playing before fans of my country and the different teams I represented. It has been a huge distinction to captain my national team both at the senior and youth level and these were some of the best years of my life.
“I’ve been privileged to play the game with and be involved in football with People from all different races, religions and backgrounds working together for one shared goal. The core values that I have learnt during this chapter are some of the most important you can learn in life,” Jones said.
“I take this opportunity to wish everyone I have worked with and played alongside as well against the best in the game and in their careers. Love and Respect to you all.”
Jones was last attached to American Major League Soccer club Atlanta United and also played for the likes of Bournemouth, Sheffield Wednesday, Cardiff City and Al Jazira club.