Former Reading youngster Alfie Mawson has been forced to retire aged just 29.

Spending six years in the set-up at RG2 before being released, the defender went on to have an established Premier League career with the likes of Swansea City and Fulham.

Rejoining former club Wycombe Wanderers this season, the former England youth international has not played since December due to knee problems.

"It might come as a shock to some people, but to me, it's been coming for a while," Mawson told Wycombe's website.

"After speaking to the specialists, to my family and to the gaffer, I've come to the difficult decision to retire.

"I had some time off around Christmas after feeling some pain in my knee and the pain hasn't gone away. I went for a scan and unfortunately the damage was done.

"It's devastating, but it's how life goes. I've done what I wanted to achieve, and to go out with a win and a clean sheet in my last game was a nice way to end it."

Earning himself a full England call-up, although not a cap, just five years ago- the former Maidenhead United loanee ends his career with over 250 career appearances and a Football League Trophy medal.