Newcastle United regular makes shock decision to quit International football

Following a recent interview with Chris Coleman, it has been announced that Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett has called a day on International football with Wales.

Dummett has been a regular in Rafa Benitez’s title winning side in the Championship last season, however the left-back is yet to play a competitive International for his country- with his only  two caps coming in friendly matches against The Netherlands.

Born in Newcastle, Dummett qualified to play for Wales via his Welsh grandfather, however the defender was not included in Wales’ latest squad.

Wales boss Chris Coleman said the following today in response to his omission:

“He doesn’t want to play international football which is a disappointment from our point of view,” 

“But he’s made that decision, and we have to abide by that.”

“We’ll get on with the squad of players, the squad who want to play and represent Wales.” (Sly dig!)

“There’s nothing we can do with Paul who’s decided that international football is not the path he wants to go down.”

Coleman then went on to express his disappointment at Dummett’s latest decision, praising the Newcastle left-back:

“It’s a shame because he’s a good player. I haven’t spoken to Paul. His agent rang me up to give me the news.

“I was disappointed, but if he doesn’t want to persevere with it then that’s his choice. We’ve got to look after the players who want to play for us”.

Paul is only 25-years-old and is progressing as a footballer under the watchful eye of Rafa Benitez.
He is believed to have played with a reoccurring heel problem at the back end of last season, so whilst a break from national duty may have made sense in the short term, it seems to strange that he has called a day on his international career entirely.

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