Northern Ireland captain Aaron Hughes has announced that he will retire from international football at the end of the Euro 2012 campaign.
The 31 year old Fulham defender has been capped 78 times by the North but has decided that the time is now right to focus on prolonging his Premiership career.
“After thinking long and hard, I have decided to retire from international football after the final two Euro 2012 qualifiers, to concentrate on my club career and hopefully prolong it for another few years,” said Hughes.
“I have always felt very proud and privileged to play for my country and it has also been a great honour to captain the side.
“It has not been an easy decision, however after speaking with players, managers and my family, I knew it was the right time to call it a day. I also knew in my own head it was the right time.”