August 29, 2018 / 11:32 AM / 21 days ago

Striker Robson-Kanu calls time on Wales career

(Reuters) - Wales striker Hal Robson-Kanu has announced his retirement from international football to focus on his club career, the West Bromwich Albion player said in a statement on Wednesday.

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Exeter City vs West Bromwich Albion - St James Park, Exeter, Britain - January 6, 2018 West Bromwich Albion's Hal Robson-Kanu in action with Exeter City’s Dean Moxey Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

The 29-year-old forward, who won 44 caps and scored five times for Wales, will be remembered for his goal in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals when he stunned the Belgium defence with a ‘Cruyff turn’ before firing past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

“I have made the decision to retire from international football,” said Robson-Kanu, who made his Wales debut in 2010.

“Long thought, but a decision made; commitments to my family and dedicating what time I have available to them and choosing to focus on my club career within sport and time needed away from the game.”

Robson-Kanu and Aston Villa defender Neil Taylor were the notable absentees from Ryan Giggs’ Wales squad to face Ireland and Denmark in the Nations League next month.

“I wish Ryan Giggs and the team continued success in the years to come, and appreciate his understanding and support, a new generation to continue building on what Gary Speed and Chris Coleman have set in place,” the striker added.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris

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