Newcastle right-back Stephen Carr, who is returning from injury, has just announced for the second time, his retirement from international football with Ireland.
The 31-year-old Dublin born player has represented his country a total of 44 times (no goals) since making his debut against Sweden in 1999.
Stephen has played over 70 times for Newcastle, and played over 220 games for his former club, Tottenham Hotspur.
Stephen Carr - has decided to retire again from the Ireland team
Ireland have of course failed to qualify for next summer’s European Championships, after also failing to qualify for last yearâ€™s World Cup in Germany. Stephen has decided to call time again on his international playing days. Stephen had announced his retirement after last yearâ€™s World Cup qualification games, but then changed his mind.
Carr spoke today to the official Newcastle web-site nufc.co.uk today, of his pride at having represented his country so many times, but now believes it’s time to step aside and let young Irish talent come through the ranks.
“I feel honored to have represented the Republic of Ireland on 44 occasions and have thoroughly enjoyed my International career,”
“It’s a chance now for the FAI to re-build for the future.”
“There are many good young players that are coming out of Ireland with the likes of Kevin Foley at Wolves that should get the opportunity to play now.”
Stephenâ€™s represented his country very well, which has to be a great honor for any player. His contract runs out at Newcastle in June of next year, and we donâ€™t expect Big Sam to renew Stephenâ€™s contract.