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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 September 2007, 09:34 GMT 10:34 UK
N Ireland striker Quinn retires
James Quinn
James Quinn provided a physical presence in the NI attack
Northern Ireland and Northampton Town striker James Quinn has quit football after his failure to break back into the international scene.

The 32-year-old won 50 caps and scored four goals for Northern Ireland since making his debut against Italy in 1997.

Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington had told former Blackpool player that he was still in his plans.

"I knew playing for Northampton wasn't good enough to earn me a place in the international team," said Quinn.

"Nigel phoned me when he took over and told me if I was playing regularly then there was still a role for me with Northern Ireland," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"If I can't play for Northern Ireland then I would rather quit football and become a fan and cheer the lads on to qualification.

"I've played 50 times for my county and that fills me with pride."

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