McCartney quits N.Ireland
George McCartney has retired from international football, Nigel Worthington has confirmed.
Last Updated: 10/02/11 10:15am
Defender George McCartney has retired from international football, frustrated Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington has confirmed.
The Sunderland player, who is currently on loan at Leeds, missed Ireland's unimpressive 3-0 defeat to Scotland in the Nations Cup on Wednesday.
In the wake of the loss in Dublin, Worthington has revealed that McCartney, 29, sent a text message to confirm his desire to quit, having previously been coaxed out of retirement in 2007.
"The situation is straightforward," Northern Ireland's manager said.
"George McCartney sent a text message to one of my coaching staff to say he no longer wished to play international football.
"At some stage someone must have had a word with him to say it might be a good idea to speak to me, so I got a call from him on Monday morning.
"That was the end of it. He has tried to contact me a few times since but I have not accepted the calls because he doesn't want to play for his country.
"That is his decision and as far as I am concerned the matter is closed."