Song’s “I quit” statement


Alex Song has tonight spoken of his decision to quit international football as he heads back to London and Upton Park.

As waves of relief rose above the Boleyn and throughout the supporter base Song announced in a statement released to Press Assocation Sport that he has decided to quit the national team.

He said: “Since the World Cup in the summer and my subsequent exclusion from the Cameroon squad for the African Cup of Nations I have taken the decision to retire from international football.

“It is true that there were some discussions of late to include me in the squad for this tournament but I feel after a lot of careful thought and numerous discussions with my family this is the right decision.

“My love for my country will never change but I want to take time to focus purely on domestic football and start to rebuild my career at West Ham United. I wish Cameroon all the best and the team will always be in my heart.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • el martillo says:

    Great news, and if we qualify for Europe there must be a chance he’ll stay. If that happens though, it’s likely to be in spite of Allardyce rather than because of him and his obsession with Nolan and to a lesser extent Carroll. Time for a new man in charge come the end of the season.

  • philtheiron says:

    Absolutely fabulous news! When he got the late all up I thought we might be in trouble. But now he won’t be going we have a real chance to push on. It also shows you how happy he is at the club! COYI!

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