Gabbidon - Tough to quit Wales
Wales defender Danny Gabbidon admits it was a tough decision for him to retire from international football.
By Peter O'Rourke
Last Updated: 06/10/10 5:54pm
Wales defender Danny Gabbidon has admitted it was a tough decision for him to retire from international football.
The West Ham player decided to quit the international scene earlier this week after winning 43 caps for his country.
Gabbidon has endured a difficult last few years with a series of injuries blighting his progress.
The 31-year-old has worked his way back to fitness and he has started five of West Ham's seven Premier League games this season.
Gabbidon believes he has made the right decision to quit Wales in a bid to prolong his club career.
"It was a really hard decision to quit playing for Wales, but I had to do what I felt was right for me," Gabbidon told skysports.com.
"I had thought a lot about it, to be fair, and it was tough for me to make my decision.
"I sat down with my agent, Jamie Moralee, and discussed the situation and we both felt at this stage of my career and after the problems I have had it was best that I focus on staying fit for West Ham.
"It has been a tough last couple of seasons for me with the injuries and a lot of people don't know what I have been through on and off the pitch.
"I worked hard over the summer on my fitness and I feel I am wiser about what I can and what I can't do.
"I am not sure my body could cope playing 40/45 games for West Ham and then going away with Wales and playing two games in a week.
"This is an important time in my career and I felt it was the right decision to quit international football.
"It was a decision for myself as I know my body and I am happy with my decision.
"I was proud to play for Wales for so many years and win 43 caps and I wish them all the best in the future."
You can follow Danny Gabbidon on Twitter at @therealgabbidon.