West Ham defender James Collins has announced his retirement from international football after securing 50 caps for Wales.
The 34-year-old centre-back has found himself down in the pecking order behind the likes of Ashley William and James Chester, and he confirmed his decision to step away from international football on social media - although he admitted he could make himself available if an injury crisis arose.
His post on Instagram read: "
Thank you, James Collins. Excellent servant and one of the best headers of a football ever to play for Wales.— The Barry Horns (@thebarryhorns) November 1, 2017
"I’d like to thank the gaffa, his staff and the lads for giving me the best time of my life at the Euros last year, it’s a time myself and my family will never forget Thank You!!
"I’d also like to thank the truly amazing welsh fans who supported myself and the team through thick and thin over the years we couldn’t have achieved what we have without your support Thank You!!"
His international manager Chris Coleman paid tribute to the defender following his announcement, he said, via the BBC:
"He has said if we're absolutely desperate he would come out of retirement - and that speak volumes for 'Ginge' that he has given us that option," he added.