NEWPORT’S James Collins has retired from international football after winning 50 caps for Wales.

The West Ham centre-back turned 34 in August and has decided to focus solely on his club career after bringing up a half-century of international appearances and scoring three goals for Wales.

Collins has not played for Wales since September 2016 but Coleman said: "Unfortunately for us he wants to spend a bit more time on himself to try and extend his domestic career.

"He has said if we're absolutely desperate he would come out of retirement - and it speaks volumes for 'Ginge' he has given us that option.

"His attitude has washed off on everybody because he is always so positive.

"He did not play all the games at Euro 2016, but 'Ginge' was brilliant for us in France because he was such a loud voice and big character."

Former Cardiff defender Collins made his Wales debut against Norway in 2004, played in the Euro 2016 semi-final against Portugal and won his 50th cap versus Moldova last year.against