West Brom midfielder Reid announces Ireland retirement

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Steven Reid has announced his international retirement with the Republic of Ireland.

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Steven Reid has announced his international retirement with the Republic of Ireland.

The 29-year-old, who earlier this month signed a two-year deal with West Brom, has decided not to play for his country again in a bid to prolong his club career.

Reid, who has 23 senior caps, said: "It was a tough decision because I have had some terrific times with Ireland. But having weighed everything up, I know this is the right decision."

Reid was handed his senior international debut by then manager Mick McCarthy against Croatia in August 2001 and was a member of the squad which travelled to Japan and South Korea for the 2002 World Cup finals, at which he made two appearances.

He also played under McCarthy's successors Brian Kerr, Steve Staunton and Giovanni Trapattoni and started the World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Montenegro in September 2008 before injuries once again took their toll.

Reid said: "The injuries I have had over the past couple of years have been well documented and I have taken this step to prolong my club career and to spend more time with my family.

"It's a decision I came to after lengthy discussions with the club's medical staff and my family.

"I have had some unforgettable times with Ireland, the highlight being making two appearances at the World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea in 2002, and it has always been a huge honour for me to wear the Irish jersey.

"It's just a shame my injuries cut short the number of caps I possibly could have won over the past few years.

"I wish the squad every success for the forthcoming European Championship qualifiers and thank the players, the backroom team and the management for their help, support and friendship over the past nine years.

"I would also like to say a massive thank you to all the Irish fans for their support. They always got behind me and it was an honour to represent them."

 
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