Hartson makes Wales vow
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wales striker John Hartson insists he has no plans to quit international football.Wales striker John Hartson insists he has no plans to quit international football.
The Celtic star is happy to continue playing for Wales and admits playing for his country is one of the biggest honours he can have.
"I will keep going until I am shoved out of the door," vowed Hartson.
"I do not think anyone else will be retiring. We will be looking to bring in a few from the Under-21s and blend them with the older lads.
"We all feel we can compete at this level. We are all doing it for our clubs. I want to keep going until I am shoved out of the door.
"I am going to carry on, it's the biggest honour to wear the number nine for your country and I will keep doing it for as long as I can."
Meanwhile, Hartson has expressed his anger at the battering he took from Austrian defenders during his side's World Cup qualifying defeat last weekend.
Hartson comes up against Austria again on Wednesday and he wants more protection from the referee in Vienna.
"I didn't get any protection. There was half a dozen times in the first half alone when I was battered," added Hartson.
"It was incredible. If I'd done it I would have been sent off or at the least booked and that would probably have got me banned.
"When players are given the licence by the referee to smash into players like that then somebody is going to get hurt.
"You want the referee to let things go and not to blow for every little nudge or pull but some of the challenges were outrageous.
"They were a big, strong side who made it very difficult and they will be even stronger at home and they will think they can beat us again.
"But if we apply ourselves properly in Vienna, where nobody expects us to get anything, we can surprise a few people."
Meanwhile, Wales defender Danny Collins has been forced to withdraw from the squad for the trip to Austria due to illness.