Following this weekend’s Championship fixtures we will enter the first international break of 2018, with the likes of Mo Barrow and Leandro Bacuna set to join up with their respective nations’ squads. One man who won’t be doing so though is Dave Edwards, who has today retired from international football at the age of 32.
The midfielder has made the decision after earning 43 caps for Wales, the first of which came in November 2007 against the Republic of Ireland. Born in Shropshire, Edwards qualified for Wales through his father from the aptly named Welshpool.
In his time with the national team, the former Wolves man scored three goals, and was also part of the squad that qualified for Euro 2016 - Wales’ first major tournament for 58 years. Edwards made appearances against Slovakia, England and Russia at the tournament, as Wales made a historic run to the semi-finals.
Ryan Giggs has confirmed that Dave Edwards has retired from international football. "I'd like to thank him for everything he's done for Wales." pic.twitter.com/9aILy5IF77— Inside Wales Sport (@InsideWales) March 15, 2018
Meanwhile, Chris Gunter has been selected in Ryan Giggs’ first squad, and will look to go outright second in the list of Wales’ most capped players in the upcoming China Cup, in which the Dragons will face China before meeting Uruguay or the Czech Republic in the final or third place play-off.