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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 October 2006, 08:10 GMT 09:10 UK
McCartney rules out return for NI
George McCartney
George McCartney won 22 caps before his fall-out with Sanchez
West Ham defender George McCartney has said he will not play for Northern Ireland again.

The former Sunderland skipper fell out with international boss Lawrie Sanchez last year and refused to play for his country while he was in charge.

"What's done is done - I can't see me playing for my country again," the 25-year-old told the News Letter.

However, McCartney added that his decision not to play for NI was "probably a big mistake".

The full-back, who has won 22 caps, was angered after Sanchez hinted that he 'picked' his games.

"I should have put the disagreement to one side," said McCartney.

"I would never fake injury and, in fact, played for Northern Ireland when I was injured.

"I have to think of the supporters and what is done is done.

"I will not be ringing Lawrie Sanchez and he has not been in contact with me."

McCartney left the Stadium of Light to join the Hammers in a 600,000 move in August.

The Belfast man injured a knee in a pre-season friendly and finally made his West Ham debut in Tuesday evening's Carling Cup defeat at Chesterfield.

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