25 year-old Newcastle defender Paul Dummett was not included in the Wales squad for the upcoming International gamess by manager Chris Coleman and Paul has decided to retire from International football to concentrate on his Newcastle club career.
It’s a shock that Paul has taken this decision when still so young, but he probably wants some certainty in his football and thinks he could be frustratingly on the fringes of the Welsh squad for some time, so he’s decided to retire from International football.
Paul Dummett in action for Newcastle
Wales manager Chris Coleman was surprised by Paul’s decision and had this to say:
““Paul Dummett doesn’t want to play international football, which is a disappointment from our point of view.”
“But he has made that decision and we have to abide by that.”
“We will get on with the squad of players, the squad who want to play and represent Wales.”
“There’s nothing we can do with Paul who’s decided that international football is not the path he wants to go down.”
“Sometimes you have to be patient, especially because the team we have at the moment has been hugely successful.”
“It is a shame because he’s a good player.” “I haven’t spoken to Paul. His agent rang me up to give me the news.”
“I was disappointed, but if he doesn’t want to persevere with it then that’s his choice. We’ve got to look after the players who want to play for us”.
Paul’s a local Newcastle lad and he knows there are big things down the road for the sleeping giant of a club under the expert management of our Spanish manager Rafa Benitez.
Paul obviously wants to be part of the Newcastle team that can win our first trophy since back in 1969 and our first domestic trophy since we took Manchester City and Dion Revie apart in the 1955 FA Cup final by a score of 3-1.
We can see where Paul is coming from with this decision and it will help prolong his career in club football.
It’s a lot of work and travel to put in if you never get to play for the team.
Paul has represented Wales only twice in his career.
What do you think?
Update – The Newcastle web-site are reporting tonight that Paul has withdrawn from the Wales squad so he can get fully fit for next season and he has Rafa’s full backing to do that – but that he has not retired from International football.
Mass confusion here because certainly Wales manager Chris Coleman thinks he’s retired from International football – according to his statement – maybe Paul’s agent misunderstood what Paul told him?
Strange to say the least.