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Hangeland Retires From International Duty

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17:14 19th August 2014


Eagles defender Brede Hangeland has decided to retire from international football.

After collecting 91 caps for Norway in a career spanning 12 years, the 33-year-old has decided to call time on playing for his country.

"For many years I have had a very high load on my body, and now it feels essential to make this decision," said Hangeland.

"It is a heavy decision, it is never a good time for this type of decision but before the start of a new national qualification and with a new club, I am confident that it is the right decision.

"I'm very humble and proud to have represented Norway on so many occasions. Playing for Norway has given me some of my best experiences on the football field."

Norway coach Per-Mathias Hogmo said: "I have great respect for the decision. Brede is a wise man, he has had an illustrious career in the national team and has been captain with a capital C.

"It's been a pleasure to work with Brede, and I look forward to keeping in touch with Brede, although he will now concentrate on his club career."

Hangeland won his first cap for Norway back in November 2002 against Austria, and was named captain of the side six years later. It took him until September 2010 to find the back of the net for the first time, but he went on to net three more goals for the Scandinavian side.