Road to Russia on hold for Baggies star

26 May

West Bromwich Albion defender Gareth McAuley is thinking of calling time on his international career after Euro 2016 this summer.

West Brom: Road to Russia on hold for Baggies starWest Brom: Road to Russia on hold for Baggies star

The 36-year-old, who has 58 caps, is preparing to play in his first international tournament with Northern Ireland in France next month.

He is expected to start for the Green and White Army against Belarus in their final home warm-up match before the finals and admits it could be his last action at Windsor Park.

“Every time you play at Windsor Park it is special whether it is your first time or your last one. In terms of whether it is my last, I have not made up my mind on that one yet,” McAuley admitted to the Belfast Telegraph.

“What I’ll do is sit down and talk to Michael about things after France. I’ll be focused on the tournament and then we can discuss the future.

“Of course I want to play for Northern Ireland, but the thing is can I commit to two years for another qualifying campaign?

“I have it in my head that I am taking a season at a time.

“I’ve signed another year’s contract at West Brom and the last thing I would want to do is start something and then have to retire or leave it in the middle.

“That’s a big thing I have to sit down and speak to Michael about.

“He has said to me that I look like I could play for another two years but we’ll see.”


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