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Wes: Time To Concentrate On Club Career

Wes Brown has announced his retirement from International football after making 23 appearances for England. Fabio Capello chose to call up retired Jamie Carragher, who confessed he wasn’t all that arsed about his performances for his country in his autobiography, with Glen Johnson as the only natural right back in the squad. Wes had just been called up for an England friendly against Hungary, but understandably has decided enough is enough and plans to concentrate just on United now.

“At the age of 30 I feel it is right for me to stand aside and let younger players come through, which allows me to concentrate on my club career,” said Wes. “I regard it as an honour and a privilege to have represented my country at every level from Under-15s upwards. I have always been very proud to play for England and wish them well in future tournaments.”

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  1. Costas says:

    Truth is that right now he does have to fight to regain his spot. Plus, he wasn’t ever taken seriously by England management, so good for him.

  2. Dave Mack says:

    Smart move from Wesley. He has nothing to gain from involvement in the England squad and with all the defensive talent we have I’m delighted he sees his only challenge being to be as sharp as he can for us.

  3. denton davey says:

    Pretty much a no-brainer – Capello won’t choose him ahead of Johnson at right back (which tells you a lot about Capello’s managerial ability in organizing his defence) nor will he get the nod over the cart-horse in central defence. So, why not concentrate on trying to get a game for SAF ? In actual fact, it might be more of a “now or never” situation for Wesley since IF Rio can come back healthy and the Da Silva twins can prove to be the real deal and John O’Shea is the jack-of-all-positions then BigBadWesleyBrown is probably on the outside looking in. Too bad – he’s my favourite player but time waits for no one and Wesley has damned-nearly used up his time when the guard is changing.

  4. willierednut says:

    Don’t need England now Wes, good decision.

  5. Gudjohnsen says:

    Smart move by Wes. He’ll get more time off this way during international breaks and doesn’t spend extra energy in pointless friendlies. He’s also at an age where he needs to think more about his body, and since he’s pretty injury prone this is a good decision. I’m sure Sir Alex agrees.

  6. Don Pablo says:

    Good decision. Hope Wesley is gonna be given the chance to fight for RB with Rafael. He needs a run of games and to stay injury free and he’s easily gonna be 1st choice RB. And he should be kept away from CB.

  7. Don Pablo says:

    Sure Fergie nudged him in that direction too.

  8. debaser says:

    Well done Wes.
    Good of him to go and tell Capello to his face. Thanks but no thanks.

    Hope Wes gets back in the form he had 3 or 4 years ago, I’d rather see him at CB over Smalling at the moment.

  9. Costas says:

    Does anyone find it a bit fishy that both Wes and Paul Robinson announced their retirement after the England squad was announced and they were in it? Why now and not after the World Cup? Could it be that they were hoping for something to change in the England setup and they didn’t get their wish?

  10. Doghouse says:

    @Costas I think it’s possible they might have thought their England days were over without them needing to say anything. I mean if you announce your retirement from a team you haven’t been asked to play for it sounds a bit nob.

  11. Costas says:


    Could be. Maybe they felt like retiring after the WC squad was announced, but they didn’t want to create any fuss at that point. Just seems like there’s a lack of communication between them and Capello.

  12. xol says:

    Speaking of Mr Capello, I noticed Scholes not shaking his hand on the way to collect another medal.

  13. Always Be Closing says:

    @xol – what reason does he have to shake his hand?

  14. dazjoe says:

    Well done Wes, when Capello instead took a washed up Scouser who’d had his worse season in a long while, had already turned his back on his country and had played no part whatsoever in helping get England to the World Cup instead of you, then that was his “Fuck you” moment.
    Now, you have yours.
    Enjoy it son.

  15. bruce thomas says:

    Let’s hope Rooney follows his example.

  16. xol says:

    maybe to thank him for not selecting him for wednesday

  17. Fze123 says:

    @xol, Owen didn’t either.

  18. Bishopville Red says:

    It does look a bit like Wes is flipping two fingers to Capello, and I sure wouldn’t blame him if he did, picking the broken down Scouse over him for the WC, but I suspect it’s not so sinister.

    Paul Robinson stated in one article that he didn’t think he’d have to announce his retirement since he hadn’t been called up in years, so it took him a bit by surprise when he was tapped for Wednesday. I have a hunch that Wes is in a similar situation.


  19. stretfordend ryda says:

    he should of gone to the world cup just like cole should of in 98 so i dont blame him for quitting and to be fair and honest he was first choice right back until he got injured

    but at least we still have him!



  20. RedScot says:

    I had to double read that article.I thought it said Retarded Carraher oopsie it says Retired Carraher”.
    Anyways it’s better for United.One snub deserves another.
    Yeah and Paul Robinson was likely to play for England
    Some players are seeing the light!.


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