Stephen Craigan retires from Northern Ireland duty

Stephen Craigan
Stephen Craigan has brought an end to his Northern Ireland career

Northern Ireland defender Stephen Craigan has announced his retirement from international football after winning 54 caps for the country.

The 34-year-old Motherwell player made his debut against Finland in 2003 and captained the team five times.

"It has been a wonderful journey and I have loved every minute playing for my country," said Craigan.

"It's been a privilege playing in front of the Green and White Army, who have been amazing in my time with the team."

He added: "I would like to thank everyone for their support and wish Nigel and the team all the very best in the up and coming Euro 2012 qualifiers."

Craigan made his last Northern Ireland appearance in March in a Euro 2012 qualifier at Windsor Park against Slovenia.

"Northern Ireland is losing a very experienced player and a truly excellent professional," said NI manager Nigel Worthington.

"Stephen has been a great servant for Northern Ireland and a fantastic ambassador for the country.

"It is sad to see a player like Stephen retire but I wish him all the very best in his career which lies ahead."

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