Gabbidon ends Wales career
West Ham defender Danny Gabbidon has called time on his Wales career, the FAW have announced.
Last Updated: 04/10/10 5:13pm
West Ham defender Danny Gabbidon has called time on his international career, the Football Association of Wales have announced.
The 31-year-old, who has not played for his country since last November due to injury, had been named in Brian Flynn's squad for the impending Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Bulgaria and Switzerland.
However Gabbidon, who has won 43 caps for Wales, announced his international retirement through the FAW on Monday afternoon.
He said: "After nine fantastic years of playing international football for Wales during which I had the honour and privilege of captaining my country, and after long consideration, I have decided to retire from international duty.
"On a personal note, I would like to thank the Football Association of Wales for their support over the years and I would like to thank people of Wales who supported me and my fellow team-mates at every game, home and away, giving their all to the cause - true supporters!
"I would also like to say a special thank you to my family, friends and management team, who have stood by me throughout the many good times and very few bad times.
"It has been a wonderful journey."
Gabbidon, who made his first Wales appearance against the Czech Republic at the Millennium Stadium back in 2002, is the second Welsh player to quit international football this season following Fulham's Simon Davies.
The defender did not give a reason for his retirement but is in the final year of his contract at Upton Park and spoke only last week of the importance of the current season.
He has been hampered by injuries in recent years but, playing at left-back, has impressed so far this campaign under new Hammers manager Avram Grant.
Gabbidon's absence for Friday's match against Bulgaria in Cardiff and next Tuesday's visit to Switzerland strikes another blow for caretaker boss Flynn, who is already without striker Robert Earnshaw and captain Craig Bellamy.