FORMER Burnley 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.

“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 before moving to Bolton Wanderers for £3 million on deadline day in January 2012.

In total, he made 29 appearances for the Whites, scoring eight goals, before moving to the Clarets via a loan spell at Charlton.

Sordell had previously worked with Turf Moor boss Sean Dyche at Watford and signed a three-year deal with the club on the back of their promotion to the Premier League in 2014.

The move didn't work out though and he made just two league starts for the Clarets, scoring once in 20 appearances in all competitions.

His contract was terminated by mutual consent in September 2015 when having nearly two years left to run.

Spells at Colchester United and 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.”