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West Ham's Danny Gabbidon quits international game

Wales defender Danny Gabbidon
Danny Gabbidon won 43 caps for Wales in almost 10 years

Wales defender Danny Gabbidon has retired from international football.

The 31-year-old has endured a tough few years because of long-standing problems with his thighs, hamstrings, calves and lower back and is retiring immediately.

Gabbidon had been in caretaker boss Brian Flynn's 24-man squad for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland this week.

"After long consideration, I have decided to retire from international duty," said 43-times capped Gabbidon.

"On a personal note, I would like to thank the Football Association of Wales for their support over the years and I would like to thank people of Wales who supported me and my fellow team-mates at every game, home and away, giving their all to the cause - true supporters.

"I would also like to say a special thank you to my family, friends and management team, who have stood by me throughout the many good times and very few bad times. It has been a wonderful journey."

West Ham United defender Gabbidon added he had enjoyed nine "fantastic" years playing for Wales during which he had the "honour and privilege" of captaining his country.

Gabbidon won his first Wales cap in the 0-0 friendly draw with the Czech Republic in March 2002, and his last came in a half-an-hour cameo appearance in Wales' 3-0 friendly win against Scotland in November 2009.

He now follows the example of fellow Premier League Welshmen Ryan Giggs and Simon Davies, who suffered niggling injuries, and quit Wales to prolong their club careers.

But Wales caretaker boss Brian Flynn says he is "disappointed" that Gabbidon did not call him to let him know of his decision.

"If the roles were reversed and I hadn't picked Danny in the squad and I hadn't spoken to him, I think he'd be a bit disappointed," said Flynn.

"I think I'm the same. Disappointed. I think I was worth a phone call."

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see also
Wales 0-1 Bulgaria
08 Oct 10 |  Welsh
Gabbidon urged not to quit Wales
31 Aug 10 |  Welsh
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales

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