Paul Dummett has told Welsh International manager Ryan Giggs that he will forego playing for Wales to concentrate on playing for Newcastle.
The 27-year-old defender has had a rough time with injuries recently. He was injured playing for Wales last November in a game against Denmark.
Paul made a similar decision in 2017 when he made himself unavailable for international selection. Then Welsh manager Chris Coleman made some stern comments about Dummett’s decision at the time. This is what Chris Coleman said at the time:
“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”.
Ryan Giggs seems to have taken the news a little bit better than his predecessor.
Here are some of the comments Ryan Giggs has made about Paul as published in the Chronicle:
“I spoke to Paul, and he really wanted to concentrate on club football. I think that will be it.
“He felt that he’s had a lot of hamstring problems, so he just felt he wanted to make sure he was fit for Newcastle.
“That was it really.
“I’ve got centre-halves who are playing, and I was considering him for that centre-half position, but it’s not a problem.
“Obviously he’s playing in the Premier League, and he’s a good defender, but I’ve got options, so it’s not a problem.”
Though born and bred in Newcastle, Dummett qualifies to play for Wales through one of his grandfathers. Paul has always been committed to Newcastle, and he will be so proud to be such an integral member of the squad. He has started the first two matches this season and been one of our better players.