Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder doesn’t believe that there are any signs that Oliver Norwood will reverse his decision to retire from international duty (via BBC Sport).
The midfielder called time on his career with Northern Ireland back in August after making 57 appearances for them (ITV News).
Norwood has been outstanding so far for Sheffield United in the Premier League, and has played all 12 of their matches so far (Transfermarkt).
Having played for Northern Ireland at Euro 2016, the 28-year-old opted to retire from international football midway through their qualifying campaign for Euro 2020 to focus on club football.
With the side sitting third in their group behind Germany and the Netherlands, it looks likely that they will need to qualify via the play-offs next March.
But Norwood’s club manager Chris Wilder doesn’t believe that the player would consider making a U-turn even if they face a make or break match to reach the tournament.
“He knew what decision he wanted to make. He was adamant and positive about that,” said Wilder (via BBC Sport).
“He wanted to concentrate on this season in the Premier League and he’s doing great with the contribution he is making for us.
“He is still a big supporter of Northern Ireland football and he’ll be delighted if they get some positive results.
“Ollie will be a big cheerleader for them but he’s made his decision.”
It is still somewhat surprising that Norwood wishes to play no part for Northern Ireland given that qualification for a major tournament can still be achieved.
However, on the other hand, this is the first time in his career that he has played at Premier League level, something he has worked extremely hard for.
At 28, he knows that he may only have a few years in the top tier, and for that reason, he is trying to put his full focus on that which is understandable, although it is a shame that it comes at Northern Ireland’s expense.
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