Laursen quits Denmark

Injuries force veteran centre-back into international retirement

Last Updated: 29/01/09 2:24pm

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Laursen: International retirement

Laursen: International retirement

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Aston Villa and Denmark defender Martin Laursen has announced his retirement from international football.

The veteran centre-back's career has been plagued by knee injuries and he has now taken the decision to reduce the number of games he plays in a season.

Villa captain Laursen, who is currently facing a two-month recovery from surgery on his right knee, is determined to focus on his club career and has, therefore, opted to hang up his international boots.

Laursen said: "My knees cannot cope with the fact that I play for Aston Villa and for the national team.

"In this situation, the only real solution is to be available for the club."

The 31-year-old, who first represented Denmark in 2000, made 53 appearances for his country.

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