According to Sport24, Harmison, who took 226 Test wickets for his country, expressed that he had known for a while that he would be calling it a day at the end of the 2013 season.
He said that he was hoping to go out on a high in his benefit year but his body had not allowed him to.
Harmison's retirement follows on from that of Matthew Hoggard last month, meaning all four of England's feared pace attack from the 2005 Ashes have now called time on their careers to some extent, the report said.
It was while in an England shirt and specifically while bowling with the likes of Flintoff and Hoggard that Harmison made his name, the report added.
His brilliant seven for 12 in the West Indies in 2004 marked him out as one of the most feared fast bowlers on the planet, and he carried his form through to England's memorable win over Australia a year later, the report further said.
--ANI (Posted on 07-10-2013)