Newcastle United winger 'quits' international football after fresh approach

Matt Ritchie has permanently retired from international football, according to a report.

Tuesday, 12th November 2019, 9:22 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th November 2019, 9:22 am
Matt Ritchie.

The Newcastle United winger told then-Scotland manager Alex McLeish that he didn’t want to be considered for the “foreseeable future” a year ago.

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Steve Clarke, McLeish’s successor, approached Ritchie, sidelined with an ankle injury, about a return to the fold, according to the Daily Mail.

However, Ritchie, 30, ruled out a return.

Ritchie reportedly wants to spend time with his Hampshire-based family during the breaks – and focus on his club career.