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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 June 2006, 15:57 GMT 16:57 UK
Hartson hints at Wales comeback
John Hartson has won 51 caps for Wales and scored 14 goals
John Hartson has won 51 caps for Wales and scored 14 goals
Welsh striker John Hartson says he would consider ending his international retirement on the request of Wales manager John Toshack.

Hartson, who joined West Brom on Monday, quit Wales duty in February to spend more time with his children.

But the 31-year-old said: "If I was asked to come back then I would have to give it serious consideration.

"Beyond that I haven't really given it much thought and there hasn't been any contact from John Toshack."

Hartson had been expecting to finish his club career with Celtic, but he has been offloaded to Championship side West Brom after finding himself surplus to requirements at Parkhead.

The Swansea-born player has signed a two-year deal after the two clubs agreed a fee of about 500,000.

JOHN HARTSON FACTFILE
Wales caps: 51
Wales goals: 14
Wales debut: Mar 1995 v Bulgaria
Last Wales cap: Nov 2005 v Cyprus
Place of Birth: Swansea
Date Of Birth: 05/04/1975
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 14st 6lbs
Clubs: Luton; Arsenal; West Ham; Wimbledon; Coventry; Celtic

Hartson's decision to call time on his international career came against the backdrop of his marriage break-up, which saw his wife and two young daughters move to south Wales.

But with his new club offering greater geographical benefits than his Scottish base, Hartson has hinted he is ready to resurrect his international career.

"If you're ever asked to come back and play for your country it's very difficult to say no," Hartson told BBC Wales Sport.

"But I haven't been asked and I probably won't be asked. But I played for Wales on over 50 occasions and it meant the world to me.

"It was the biggest thing I've ever achieved in my life wearing the number nine jersey for over 10 years.

"It was an incredible feeling just to do it once. The games and some of the experiences were fantastic."

Hartson made his Wales debut in March 1995 in an away match against Bulgaria, going on to win 51 caps in all and scoring 14 goals in the process.

The 6ft 1in striker has enjoyed a good relationship with Toshack, unlike some of his contemporaries such as Robbie Savage.

Despite blooding several youngsters in recent friendlies against a Basque XI and Trinidad & Tobago, Wales have yet to find a target man to fill the hole Hartson left behind.

SEE ALSO
Hartson completes West Brom move
26 Jun 06 |  West Bromwich Albion
Hartson retires from Wales duties
06 Feb 06 |  Internationals


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