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Palace defender Hangeland retires from international football

Norway skipper Brede Hangeland has retired from international football 12 years after making his debut for his country. The 33-year-old defender, who joined Crystal Palace in the summer from Fulham will now concentrate on his club commitments.

"For many years I have had a very high load on my body, and now it feels essential to make this decision," said Hangeland.

"It is a heavy decision, it is never a good time for this type of decision but before the start of a new national qualification and with a new club, I am confident that it is the right decision.

"I'm very humble and proud to have represented Norway on so many occasions. Playing for Norway has given me some of my best experiences on the football field."

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