James Collins retires from international football
International
2 November 2017

James Collins retires from international football

James Collins has announced his decision to retire from international football in an emotional post on his official Instagram account. 

Collins made his Wales debut against Norway in 2004 and scored three goals in 50 caps as a defender.

“From the first time I pulled on the Wales shirt as a 14 year old boy till today it has been one of my proudest moments in football,” he wrote Instagram.

Collins continues to say: “Played with great players and for fantastic managers and they gave me a chance to challenge myself against the worlds best.

“The time has come to step aside to let the younger lads take our great country forward and to great things. It’s been a difficult decision to come to, to leave behind such an amazing set of lads and a top manager in Chris Coleman and all his staff, but feel the time is right!!

“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!!

“I’d like to thank everyone at FAWales for your help over the years. Thank You!!

“I’ll always be there to support our great country. Diolch yn fawr iawn. Together Stronger.” 

Everyone at the FAW would like to thank James Collins for his service to Wales and wish him the very best for the future.