One of the Football League’s most decorated players will bow out of professional football this afternoon as Leicester City centre forward Kevin Phillips has announced his retirement.
In recent years, the striker has been the ‘go to’ man for clubs looking for goals to win promotion and this season has been no exception.
He has played a part in Leicester City winning promotion back to the Premier League since joining the Foxes in January, and although he has only played a bit part, he has scored a couple of vital goals which has helped the club back into the top flight.
It is a fitting way for him to end his career. He won promotion from England’s second tier into the top flight on no fewer than five occasions having previously helped Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham City and Crystal Palace get into the promised land of the Premier League.
He has scored more than 280 goals over a career which has spanned over 650 appearances with arguably his best spell coming when he was at Sunderland.
Phillips helped the Black Cats into the Premier League with 25 goals from 32 appearances in the First Division (now called the Championship) as they won promotion and his form continued with an outstanding season the following year in the top flight.
He amassed 30 goals from 38 Premier League appearances that following season which helped him win the Premier League Player of the Season award, the Premier League and European Golden Boot awards as well as an England international call-up.
He played nine times in the Three Lions shirt but failed to score a goal at international level, and was a part of the Euro 2000 squad although he was an unused substitute for England’s three matches during that tournament.
He hangs up his boots at the King Power Stadium today for the final time, but he is to remain at Leicester City next season as a part of the coaching staff as the club start a new chapter in the top division of English football for the first time in over a decade.
If his coaching career goes as well as his playing career has done, then don’t expect that this is the last you will hear of Kevin Phillips. He has been a fantastic goalscorer in English football and I’m sure he’ll go on to become a successful coach as well.