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Wales midfielder Simon Davies retires from international football

Wales midfielder Simon Davies has retired from international football.

The 30-year-old Fulham midfielder scored six goals in the 58 games he played for his country.

Watch Richard Morgan’s interview with Wales and Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley

The Football Association of Wales said Davies made the decision as he wants to focus on club football.

Davies has been struggling with a foot injury for the past 18 months and in that time has fallen behind Aaron Ramsey, David Edwards, Jack Collison, Joe Ledley and Andy King in the pecking order.

The news will come as a blow to Wales manager John Toshack  as he tries to prepare his team for the EURO 2012 qualifiers which begin next month.

Davies, who made his Wales bow debut in a World Cup qualifier against Ukraine in March 2001, last played for Wales in the friendly loss to Sweden in March but that had been his first appearance in almost a year because of injury.

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Davies is the latest in a long list of Wales players to quit international football in recent years.

Ryan Giggs, Gary Speed, Robbie Savage,  Mark Pembridge, Mark Delaney, John Hartson, Andy Melville, and Jason Koumas have all retired in the last six years.

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