Date:Friday January 28 2011
Norwich City defender Michael Nelson has retired from international football, it was confirmed today.
The shocking news was confirmed by City captain Grant Holt via Twitter, ending literally no speculation whatsoever that Nelson was considering ending his international career.
After several years of playing non-league football Nelson was offered a professional contract by Bury in 2001.
He made 31 league appearances in his first full season with the club in 2001/2002 scoring twice, but suffered a collapsed lung and several cracked ribs in a game against Wigan.
He got back to full fitness and was named the Shakers' Player of the Season the following year before moving on to Hartlepool for a fee of around £70,000.
Nelson's first season at Victoria Park was a huge success but he had a very public falling out with Pools chairman Ken Hodcroft during the 2004/05 season after his agent claimed he had been promised a better contract that never materialised.
Everyone kissed and made up however and Nelson signed a three-year deal that was later extended to the end of the 2008/09 season.
In June 2009 Nelson became one of Bryan Gunn's first summer signings when he agreed to join the Canaries on a two-year deal. His first game for the club was the 7-1 humiliation against Colchester United at Carrow Road in August, but after being dropped by new boss Paul Lambert returned to the side later in the month and scored a memorable overhead kick on his return to the north east.
He lost his place in the team to Jens Berthel Askou but after the Dane suffered an injury Nelson built a strong partnership with Gary Doherty to retain his position until the end of the season, scoring the winning goal at the Valley in April against Charlton to clinch promotion back to the Championship.
In total Nelson made 0 international appearances for England (scoring 0 goals), although he has watched them playing abroad a few times.
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Date:Friday January 28 2011
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