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Last Updated: Sunday, 5 February 2006, 09:47 GMT
Holland ends international career
Matt Holland
Matt Holland won 49 caps for the Republic of Ireland
Charlton midfielder Matt Holland has decided to call time on his Republic of Ireland international career.

The 31-year-old won his 49th cap when the Republic failed to qualify for the World Cup play-offs after a 0-0 draw with Switzerland in October.

"I'd near enough made up my mind when I walked off the pitch after the Switzerland game," Holland told The Mail on Sunday.

"Steve Staunton tried to talk me out of it but the time is right to quit."

Holland added: "I was wrapped up in the disappointment of not qualifying for the World Cup, so I had to give it a while before finalising my decision.

"Steve said I still had another campaign in me and that he wanted me around for the European qualifiers, but this is the right decision.

"I have to think about the future and what's right for me. I'm 32 in April and want to carry on playing for Charlton as long as possible.

"Not playing international football and all it entails can only help me achieve that."

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