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West Ham defender Upson urged to drop England quit thoughts

West Ham United co-chairman David Gold has told Matthew Upson not to quit England.

Gold believes West Ham club captain should not give up on England because he still has something to offer at international level.

Gold said: "From a club perspective you could say we are pleased our international players have not gone and got injured like Michael Dawson and Theo Walcott.

"Thankfully Matthew Upson has returned unscathed but from a personal point of view I am really sad he was not given the opportunity.

"When I see the team that's picked and Matthew is not in, I'm disappointed for him. He works hard, he is the consummate professional. He is everything we want to see from a professional footballer, on the back pages not the front pages.

"I've known him for years, he's a good guy and it would be nice to see him playing for England. I would urge him to resist the idea of retiring.

"It's not as if time is passing him by. He can still be a great asset for the England team as well as for West Ham United for many years."

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