Parry 'felt like a spare part'
Paul Parry says he chose to quit international football because he 'felt like a spare part'.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 09/09/08 1:23pm
Paul Parry has revealed that he chose to quit representing Wales at international level because he 'felt like a spare part'.
The Cardiff City midfielder announced his retirement from international football on Monday, just two days prior to Wales' World Cup qualifier against Russia.
The 28-year-old, who has 12 caps to his name, admitted he came to the conclusion after he remained on the substitutes' bench during his country's 1-0 win over Azerbaijan at the weekend.
Parry told the Wales Echo: "I felt like a spare part when I turned up for Wales.
"The writing was on the wall that I was just making the numbers up when the squad was thin due to players not turning up or being injured.
"When two Under 21 internationals [Sam Vokes and Ched Evans] go on before you against countries like Azerbaijan you don't have to be told where you stand in the pecking order.
"For me it was a case that if I didn't get on against the likes of Azerbaijan, who or where was I going to get the chance again?
"Besides I didn't feel part of what was happening around me when I came into the camp.
"I obviously wasn't part of the manager's plans and, whilst it hurts, I have to respect that and he has to respect my decision."
Wales boss John Toshack has admitted he was 'shocked' by the decision, but is determined to remain focused on Wednesday's task in hand at the Luzhniki Stadium.
He said: "I am absolutely shocked by what has happened. Disbelief? Yes, that is the right word.
"Paul told us he was quitting, even though we made it clear he would have started up front against the Russians, which would have been a great opportunity for him.
"We have had to start again and give real thought to the team selection for tomorrow night"