Former Charlton striker Simon Church has retired from football at the age of 29.

Church scored 10 goals during his two-year spell at the Valley, which ended in 2015.

He has been plagued by injury over the last two years.

“I never thought this day would come but with the medical advice I have received I am now officially hanging up my boots,” Church said on social media.

“I have been fortunate enough to have lived my dream for 11 years professionally. I have experienced moments you can only dream of when you’re a child.

“I want to thank all the clubs I’ve been at as well as the fans, players, staff and a handful of managers. I have been lucky enough to meet some amazing people and friends on the way.

“Playing for Wales was an absolute honour. The achievements we had as a team are something I’m immensely proud of being a part of.

“The group of boys were the best on and off the pitch I have ever been with.

“Lastly, I would like to thank my family and agent for always being supportive and there for me especially as these last 18 months have probably been the hardest of my journey.

“I now look forward to the next chapter as one door closes many others open.”

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