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3 March 2017

Midfielder calls time on international career

ALEX Tettey on Friday announced his retirement from international duty with Norway.

The 30-year-old earned 34 caps for his country, with his final appearance coming in the 2-1 World Cup qualifying loss to Czech Republic last November.

City's midfielder told the Football Association of Norway's website: "I’d like to continue on the national team and this is not about a lack of motivation, but my body can not withstand the load of games for both club and national team.

"I play two or three games a week for the club team, and unfortunately the strain becomes too great when I additionally play friendlies.

"I wanted to play for Norway, and therefore said yes to a new qualifying campaign but realise that it is no longer justifiable."

Nils Johan Semb, FAN’s chief of elite football, added: "Alexander is one of our most experienced players, which we would like to have further. But he has struggled with injuries and we understand that the strain is too great.

“The Championship season consists of 46 games and it has long been a challenge for Alexander to combine club and international games. We thank him for the solid effort he has shown in the national team."

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