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Wes Hoolahan: Norwich City midfielder announces international retirement

Hoolahan celebrates scoring for the Republic of Ireland against Sweden at Euro 2016. Credit: PA

Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan has announced his retirement from international football.

The 35-year-old won 43 caps for the Republic of Ireland, and played his last game for his country in the 5-1 World Cup play-off defeat to Denmark in November.

Hoolahan made his debut against Colombia back in 2008, but was consistently overlooked for a number of years by former Irish boss Giovanni Trapattoni.

In an interview with 'The Herald', Hoolahan admitted the fact he will be 38 by the time the next European Championships come around in 2020 was a major factor in his decision to call it a day.

Wes Hoolahan was a fans' favourite amongst Republic of Ireland supporters. Credit: PA

"It wasn’t an easy decision to make, to retire, but I feel it’s one I had to make and this is the right time to do it," Hoolahan said.

"It’s a mixture of things that led me to make this decision but mainly age, I will be 36 soon, I’ll be 38 when the next Euros come around, so it’s time to move aside.

"I spoke to Martin O’Neill last week and he accepted my decision. He didn’t try and talk me around, he knew my mind was made up and it was time to go.

"I loved it, loved every minute of it, every time I was called up it was an honour and I was honoured to get to 43 caps, I am very happy with that.

"I have great memories and they will last forever. I grew up dreaming of playing for my country, and when that dream came true for me it was a great honour.”

Farke (left) and Maddison (right) will be hoping for a double success. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Norwich City duo Daniel Farke and James Maddison have been nominated for the monthly awards in The Championship.

The Canaries won three of their four games in January under Head Coach Farke, with midfielder Maddison playing a starring role with decisive goals against Millwall, Bristol City and Brentford.

Farke is up against Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce, Birmingham City's Steve Cotterill and Fulham's Slaviša Jokanović for the manager prize, while Maddison will have to see off competition from Villa striker Scott Hogan, Fulham left-back Ryan Sessegnon and former Canaries defender Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

The winners will be announced on Friday.