Gabbidon ends Wales career

Danny Gabbidon has announced his retirement from international football.

The 31-year-old has been capped 43 times by his country but has decided to call it quits in order to focus on his club career. He has been in great form for West Ham United this season, making five appearances so far and impressing at left-back. Gabbidon has been at the Boleyn Ground for five years and was voted Hammer of the Year in 2006.

In a statement, Gabbidon said:

After nine fantastic years of playing international football for Wales during which I had the honour and privilege of captaining my country, and after long consideration, I have decided to retire from international duty.

On a personal note, I would like to thank the Football Association of Wales for their support over the years and I would like to thank people of Wales who supported me and my fellow team-mates at every game, home and away, giving their all to the cause - true supporters!

I would also like to say a special thank you to my family, friends and management team, who have stood by me throughout the many good times and very few bad times.

It has been a wonderful journey.

Thank you all.

Daniel Gabbidon