FORMER Wanderers striker Marvin Sordell has retired from football at the age of 28.

The former England Under-21 and Team GB international has terminated the final year of his contract with League One Burton Albion to hang up his boots.

Speaking to Burton’s official website, Sordell said: “I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have been able to spend the past 10 years living my dream, but my happiness now lies outside of the game and I’m excited about what lies ahead,” he said.

“My mental health has been severely impacted throughout my career, therefore I feel it’s the right time to move forward in my life.

“I have always been eager to help people who have had similar problems in their lives and going forward I’d like to be able to make a difference in football when it comes to mental wellbeing.

“I would like to thank everyone at the club for their support and understanding, and wish them all the best for the future.”

Sordell started his career at Watford and caught the eye of Owen Coyle in the January window of 2012, when Wanderers paid £3million for his services late on deadline day.

In total, he made 29 appearances for Bolton, scoring eight goals, before moving on to Burnley via a loan spell at Charlton.

Spells at Colchester United, Coventry followed before a move to Burton, where he made 84 appearances and also had a loan at Northampton.

Brewers boss Nigel Clough said: “We want to thank Marvin for the contribution he has made during his time at Burton Albion.

“We totally understand his decision, and he leaves with the very best wishes of everyone at the club.

“We are sure Marvin has a massive amount to contribute in helping people with their mental wellbeing and we look forward to seeing all that he achieves in the future.”