Former Reading goalkeeper, Anssi Jaakkola, has confirmed his retirement from football.

The 36-year-old joined Reading in 2016 after a decade-long career taking in the sights of South Africa, Scotland, Czech Republic and his native Finland.

Back-up for most of his time in Berkshire, featuring 30 times in three seasons, he had a spell as number one in 2018/19- making 15 Championship appearances.

Going on to join Bristol Rovers after his release in 2019, the keeper has made over 60 appearances for the Pirates, as well as taking up coaching opportunities at the Memorial Stadium.

Announcing his decision on social media, the three-time Finland international said: "That was it, a career as a professional soccer player. For an incredible 17 years, I have been able to live every little boy's dream and play professionally around the world.

"A lot has been packed into these years. 6 different countries and currencies, joy and sadness, tears of happiness and pain, crests and troughs of waves, but I wouldn't trade a single moment of it."