Injury-plagued Culina calls it quits

It's over ... former Socceroos star Jason Culina has announced his retirement at the age of just 32 (Getty)

Two weeks after insisting he had not given up on winning his Australia place back, Socceroos star Jason Culina announced his retirement from football.

The 58-times capped midfielder, 32, chose Stadium Australia, the scene of one of Australia's greatest ever triumphs against Uruguay in 2005, to reveal his decision to hang up his boots for good.

Speaking at an official Football Federation Australia (FFA) function before the Socceroos' FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifier against Iraq, Culina - one of the key members of Australia's golden generation - broke the news of his decision.

He only returned to the game after a 20-month injury absence when he signed for Sydney FC in September, but split with the club after several eye-catching displays - and two goals - after a bust-up with coach Frank Farina in February.

Culina made his name in the Netherlands, emerging from a long apprenticeship at Ajax to flourish for FC Twente and then PSV Eindhoven, where he won Dutch titles and played in the European Champions League - before joining Gold Coast United three years ago.

A knee injury sustained playing for Australia in January 2011 almost wrecked his career and led to his exit from Newcastle Jets before he had even played a game.

His inability to train in every session at Sydney sowed the seeds of his fallout with Farina, with Culina confirming that if he had been able to continue his career he would not have been able to train as much as his teammates.

Source SBS