Friday morning saw Chris Coleman slating Paul Dummett.
The Welsh manager saying the Newcastle defender had got his agent to call and tell Coleman that the Geordie defender didn’t want to play for his country.
However, Newcastle United have released an official statement on Friday afternoon clarifying the true position.
The club stating Paul Dummett has NOT retired from international football and instead didn’t want to make himself available until he is fully fit.
Newcastle United Official Statement:
‘Paul Dummett has decided to withdraw himself from international duty with Wales to concentrate on his club career until he is back to full fitness.
The left-back won’t be involved in next month’s World Cup qualifier in Serbia, having missed Wales’ last game against Republic of Ireland in March due to injury – but has not retired from international football altogether.
Dummett played more minutes than anybody else as Newcastle lifted the Sky Bet Championship title last season but has appeared just once for his country since making his debut against the Netherlands in June 2014.
After a gruelling campaign with the Magpies, in which he played through the pain barrier on several occasions, 25-year-old Dummett is keen to recharge his batteries and spend time with his family and friends in order to ensure he is at peak form and fitness for his hometown team’s return to the Premier League and what promises to be a big campaign for both him and the club.
He has been supported in his decision by Newcastle boss Rafa Benítez.
However, Dummett – who has represented his country from youth level all the way to the senior team – has not closed the door on his international career and hopes to represent the Dragons again in the future.’
“Paul Dummett doesn’t want to play international football, which is a disappointment from our point of view.
“But he has made that decision and we have to abide by that.
“We will get on with the squad of players, the squad who want to play and represent Wales.
“There’s nothing we can do with Paul who’s decided that international football is not the path he wants to go down.
“Sometimes you have to be patient, especially because the team we have at the moment has been hugely successful.
“It is a shame because he’s a good player.
“I haven’t spoken to Paul. His agent rang me up to give me the news.
“I was disappointed but if he doesn’t want to persevere with it then that’s his choice. We’ve got to look after the players who want to play for us”.