November 2, 2017 / 8:04 AM / in a year

Collins retires from Wales duty

(Reuters) - West Ham United defender James Collins has decided to retire from international football to prolong his domestic career, Wales manager Chris Coleman has said.

Collins won the last of his 50 caps in a World Cup qualifying win over Moldova in September last year.

“It’s a shame because I’ve really enjoyed working with him,” Coleman told reporters. “He’s different to the modern-day professional - let’s put it that way... He’s been absolutely fantastic.

“He wants to spend a bit more time on himself to try and extend his domestic career and he’s got young children as well.”

The 34-year-old has made three Premier League appearances this season for West Ham, who host Liverpool on Saturday.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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