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Brooking unhappy with raft of England retirements

FA director of football Trevor Brooking is upset with so many England retirements.

Brooking insists he cannot understand why players walk away from England.

He said: "No matter what people think about individuals, it is about playing for your country. You turn up regardless. I would have turned up if I was number 23 in the squad.

"I come from a generation where I couldn't even contemplate such a thing. I find it amazing.

"If I got picked at 41, I would have played, even if I thought I would make a fool of myself. I just wanted to play for my country."

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