Announcing his decision in social media, Terry wrote: "After 23 incredible years as a footballer, I have decided now is the right time for me to retire from playing".
Arsenal legend and former France global Thierry Henry is set to finally realise his ambition of calling the shots as a club manage after he impressed the owners of English Championship side Aston Villa in an interview for their top job.
He also made 78 appearances for England over 10 years, scoring six goals.
However, Villa have already shown ambition in their pursuit of a new manager, reportedly interviewing Premier League legends Thierry Henry and John Terry for the vacant role.
Terry, 37, shared an emotional farewell post on Instagram on Sunday in which he gave a special mention to his family and friends for their "great support".
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Henry, who is now assistant manager to Belgium manager Roberto Martinez, was close to taking over as manager of Ligue 1 club Bordeaux prior to the start of the season, before deciding against the move.
"My wife Toni and my two children, Georgie and Summer, for being my rocks throughout my career - I couldn't have done it without you, I love you with all my heart".
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At one stage he was said to have been close to a move to Spartak Moscow, but he is said to have rejected that opportunity having held talks with the Russian side in September. I hope I have done you all proud wearing the shirt and the armband.
In a recent Sportsmail interview, Terry thanked Bruce for taking him to Villa Park, where he made 32 league appearances last season and took Villa into the Play-off Final.