International News

Everton defender Leighton Baines has announced his retirement from professional football

Everton defender Leighton Baines, 35, has announced his retirement from professional football. Former England defender Leighton Baines has made 420 appearances for Everton, making just nine appearances this season. Everton have offered Leighton Baines a one-year contract extension, but have announced their retirement from professional football following their side’s 1-3 defeat to Honmauk.

Everton boss Ancelotti has hailed Leighton Baines as a “knowledgeable player in the world of football” but could continue to play a role in the club. Leighton Baines, who moved to Everton from Wigan in 2007, has been named the Premier League’s most stable left-back, scoring 39 goals for Everton. Leighton Baines, who made his England debut in 2010, has been linked with a move to Euro 2012. He qualified for the 2014 World Cup and made 30 appearances for England.