Sheffield United's Ollie Norwood announces retirement from international football

Sheffield United's Ollie Norwood announces retirement from international football

Sheffield United and Northern Ireland midfielder Ollie Norwood has officially announced his retirement from international football according to Sky Sports.

Norwood made approximately 57 appearances for the Northern Ireland team having made his maiden debut back in August 2010 against Montenegro.

"After proudly representing Northern Ireland on 57 occasions, I feel now is the right time to announce my retirement from international football," Norwood told.

"I've enjoyed the highs of a major tournament - being part of the squad in France at Euro 2016 was the proudest point of my international career.

"I would like to thank the manager, Michael O'Neill, for selecting me on so many occasions to represent my country, and also to the players I've played with through the years. We've had some enjoyable times.

"A huge thank you, too, to the GAWA (Green and White Army) for the tremendous support offered through the years. In my opinion, the GAWA really are the best fans in the world and hopefully, the squad can deliver more success for them to enjoy."

However, Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has struggled to accept Norwood's retirement as he believes that Irishman still has plenty to offer and that it has all happened too soon. 

"I think he is making a huge mistake. He is only 28 and I've no doubt he could have continued to play club and international football for many years," the Northern Ireland manager exclaimed.

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