West Brom star retires from international duty

PROFIL: Chris Brunt for West Bromwich.

West Brom's Northern Ireland midfielder Chris Brunt has officially retired from international football.

The 33 year old has won 65 international caps and scored three goals during his time as a Northern Ireland player.

He missed out on Northern Ireland’s thrilling Euro 2016 finals campaign owing to a serious knee injury. Still he travelled with his teammates to France during the euros to support the team.

Manager Martin O’Neill describes Brunt as quality player.

– I am disappointed Chris is retiring as I believe he still has much to offer the team, however I completely understand his decision to spend a bit more time with his young family and to concentrate on his club career, said O’Neill to BBC.

– I want to thank him for everything he gave me on the pitch. He was a model professional and his contribution to the Northern Ireland team over the past 14 years will be remembered for a long time.

TRENER: Den nordirske landslagssjefen Michael O’Neill. Reuters