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Chris Brunt announces retirement from international football

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Luke Freeman of Queens Park Rangers moves away from Chris Brunt during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers at The Hawthorns on August 18, 2018 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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The Northern Ireland midfielder says he wants to focus more in his Championship club West Bromwich Albion

After spending 14 years defending the jersey of Northern Ireland, midfielder Chris Brunt has announced his retirement from international football.

The 33-year-old had 65 appearances with the national team, scoring three goals in the process.

“After a period of lengthy consideration I have taken the difficult decision to retire from international football,” he said as reported by The Irish Times.

“I have spent a lot of time thinking it over but I feel, at this point in my career, I need my sole football focus to be on helping West Bromwich Albion return to the Premier League.”

“After 14 years of international football this also gives me the opportunity to dedicate more time to my family,” he added.

“It has always been an honor to represent my country but Michael [O’Neill] restored pride following a difficult period for us as a team. He took us to a new level and for that, I will always be grateful.”