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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 June, 2005, 09:11 GMT 10:11 UK
Savage wants to make Wales return
Midfielder Robbie Savage
I hope the manager includes me in the next squad
Robbie Savage
Robbie Savage wants to end his feud with Wales boss John Toshack and come out of international retirement.

The Blackburn star quit the Wales scene in March after a row with Toshack, who told him he would not be involved in two World Cup qualifiers with Austria.

"I shouldn't have reacted as I did. It was an over-reaction," the 30-year-old midfielder told the News of the World.

"I believe I can go on for another four or five years yet and that is what I really want to do."

After the bust-up Savage said he would not play for his country while Toshack was boss.

He later hinted that he would return - but only if the coach made the first move.

However, the former Leicester and Birmingham midfielder has now made himself available for the Millennium Stadium clash with England on 3 September - and said he could now play on for his country until 2010.

He added: "I've got 39 caps and I don't want to tell my little boy Charlie as he grows up that I could have made a lot more but I cut my career short became of my temper.

"I believe I am the best midfielder of my type in the country.

"I am ready to return and, although I still believe I was good enough to be in the squads against Austria, that is no longer the point.

"What matters is that I want to make myself available to the nation again. I know now that is the right thing to do.

"There is no reason for the continuing silence between myself and the manager and I hope he includes me in the next squad."

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14 Mar 05 |  Internationals


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