West Ham defender James Collins hangs up international boots

West Ham defender James Collins has announced his retirement from international football. The 34 year old, who has been capped 51 times by Wales, took to social media to announce his decision, adding that it was time “to step aside to let the younger lads take our great country forward”

Collins made his debut for Wales back in 2004 against Norway and was part of the squad that reached the semifinals of the European Championships in France last summer. Collins’ relationship with current national manager Chris Coleman hasn’t always been the best, but he did reiterate that he would be available for selection in case of an injury crisis.

The time has come to step aside to let the younger lads take our great country forward and to great things

It’s been a difficult decision to come to, to leave behind such a amazing set of lads and a top manager in Chris Coleman and all his staff, but feel the time is right.

James Collins

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