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Mark Pembridge retires from Wales

last updated Friday 12th November 2004, 5:43 PM

Fulham midfielder Mark Pembridge has called time on his international career with Wales.

Fulham midfielder Mark Pembridge
Fulham midfielder Mark Pembridge

Pembridge's announcement comes after The Football Association of Wales unveiled John Toshack as the team's new coach.

Former Everton ace Pembridge has been mulling over his future with Wales for several weeks and has opted to follow Gary Speed and Andy Melville into retirement.

He made his debut in 1991 against Brazil and has accrued 54 caps during his 13-year career with the national team.

The 33-year-old feels it is time to bow out and allow Toshack the opportunity to blood younger players into the Welsh squad.

"After discussions with my family and close friends, it is with deep regret that I would like to announce my immediate retirement from international football," said Pembridge in a statement.

"Since making my debut for Wales in 1991 it has been both an honour and a privilege to represent my country at the highest level.

"However, at this stage of my career I feel it is now time to step aside and give younger players the privileged opportunity to play for the Welsh national team.

"The past 13 years have been very special and have given me some of the most memorable moments of my career."

Source SkySport by Mark Buckingham
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