Clinton Morrison has been critical of Oliver Norwood’s decision to retire from international football in order to focus on his club career.
Speaking on TalkSPORT the former striker lambasted the Sheffield United midfielder for deserting his country so that he can focus on his club commitments.
“I just think he’s gone too early.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 21, 2019
The trend of footballers retiring early from international football is nothing new. We’ve seen multiple players give up their international careers in order to extend their club careers in the past, but at the age of 28, Norwood may have jumped the gun a bit.
He still has a lot to offer that Northern Ireland team. He was one of the best midfielders in the Championship last term, and Michael O’Neill’s side will certainly miss his presence in the middle of the park.
Morrison himself knows what it means to represent his country, and while he made his last appearance for Ireland at the age of 27 he never officially made himself unavailable for selection.
The timing of Norwood’s announcement is also rather strange. They’re currently sitting at the top of their European Championship qualifying group, and with the 28-year-old now playing in the Premier League he would likely be one of the first names on the team sheet.
It’s good news for Sheffield United, but Northern Ireland will be without one of their most talented stars going forward