John O'Shea has announced that he will retire from football this weekend.
Reading, O'Shea's current club, play their final game of the season on Sunday at home to Birmingham.
The announcement comes on the 118-cap Ireland international's 38th birthday.
A fabulous playing career is coming to a close – today, on his 38th birthday, John O’Shea has announced he is to retire at the end of the season. pic.twitter.com/Pmlu3b9xXx
— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) April 30, 2019
The Waterford man won five Premier League titles with Manchester United, a Champions League, an FA Cup and two League Cups. He also spent seven seasons with Sunderland after leaving Old Trafford in 2011. He departed Sunderland last summer, signing a one-year deal with Reading.
His career spanned nearly 20 years.
Happy Birthday 🎂 and best of luck in your retirement after Sunday!
What a fantastic career, particularly in an Ireland jersey 🇮🇪 pic.twitter.com/3vLOm77uhJ
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) April 30, 2019
Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE