31/07/2013 06:20 BST

Kieron Dyer, Ex-Newcastle And West Ham Midfielder, Retires (PICTURES)

Kieron Dyer, the former Newcastle United midfielder, has announced his retirement from football at the age of 34.

Dyer, who won 33 England caps, began his career at hometown club Ipswich prior to joining the Magpies in 1999 for £6 million.

His injury-ravaged career took in spells at West Ham United, QPR and Middlesbrough but Dyer's best football came at St James's Park under Sir Bobby Robson.

Dyer last played on loan at Middlesbrough

After being released by QPR in January, he made nine appearances and scored two goals for Middlesbrough last season.

Dyer said: “I’m done now, I’m content and that’s it. I don’t want to move away any more, I just want to spend quality time with my kids.

“Since I went up to Newcastle, I’ve been all over the country and I haven’t really had too much quality time with my kids and now I feel that it’s the perfect time.”