Premier League record appearance holder Barry retires

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Championship - Barnsley v West Bromwich Albion - Oakwell, Barnsley, Britain - December 26, 2019 West Bromwich Albion's Gareth Barry applauds fans after the match Action Images/John Clifton

(Reuters) - Premier League record appearance holder Gareth Barry has ended his playing career aged 39, British media reported on Thursday.

Midfielder Barry made 653 appearances in lengthy spells with Aston Villa, Manchester City and Everton, scoring 53 goals.

He also made 53 appearances for England.

After almost a decade at Villa he joined City in 2009 and was part of the side that won the Premier League title in 2012.

Barry played a handful of games for West Bromwich Albion in last season’s Championship promotion-winning campaign.

Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ken Ferris