Wellington Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert says Tim Brown's retirement will be a massive loss to the club and New Zealand football overall.
Herbert, who is also the All Whites head coach, has worked with Brown for many years and has watched the 31-year-old mature from a promising young player into one of the best midfielders New Zealand has produced.
"This (Brown's retirement announcement) came completely out of the blue," Herbert said.
"It is going to be difficult to replace him because he has been an integral part not only in building the Phoenix, but also playing a leading role in a successful World Cup campaign.
"Losing a midfielder with Tim's ability to get forward and score goals is a massive loss to both club and country.
"While we will really miss him he goes with our best wishes and I'm sure he will be as successful in his latest venture as he was in football."