Koumas calls it a day

Sports News - October 17, 2008

Wigan midfielder Jason Koumas has pulled out of the Wales squad to face Russia on Wednesday and has retired from international football effective immediately.

It is believed that the 29 year old made the decision after consulting with his club manager Roberto Martinez who sees Koumas as an integral part of his squad.

Koumas informed Wales manager John Toshack of his decision with the side no longer in contention for World Cup qualification.

He scored 10 goals in 34 appearances having made his debut against Ukraine in 2001.

Koumas’ ready made replacement Jack Collison is also absent from the squad to take on Russia following the death of his father, though the Welsh FA have said that he can still join the party if he so wishes.

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One thought on “Koumas calls it a day

  1. I’ve never been overly impressed with Koumas. Kind of player who would get your attention one week, then stay quiet for a few months.

    Always sad to see a player leave their nation though, plus he is only 29.

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