Sheffield United forward David McGoldrick has announced his retirement from international football.
The 33-year-old finishes his national career with the Republic of Ireland with 14 caps and one goal. McGoldrick made his debut for his country in 2014. He scored his only goal in a Euro 2020 qualifier with Switzerland last September.
The Irish Examiner reports that his decision to retire is a surprise. Manager Stephen Kenny is set to name his squad for upcoming matches with England, Wales and Bulgaria tomorrow.
They face the Three Lions in a friendly next Thursday, followed by the other two Nations League fixtures.
But McGoldrick won’t be involved.
“Now the time is right to concentrate on club football and the Premier League – which I’ve strived to play in for the entirety of my career,” the Blades striker was quoted by the club.
David McGoldrick international retirement good for Blades
While players featuring for their counties shows they are being recognised for their talents, Chris Wilder must cross his fingers ever international break.
In October, Oli Burke, John Fleck and McGoldrick himself all returned with injuries.
While Burke recovered relatively quickly, Fleck is still on the sidelines. The Scot is unlikely to return until the end of this month.
With Ethan Ampadu, Sander Berge, Rhian Brewster, John Egan, Aaron Ramsdale and Enda Stevens also regulars for their respective countries, Wilder loses a large chunk of his already small squad during every international break.
McGoldrick has been a regular for United again this season. The Irishman has played a part in all eight of their games so far in 2020/21, currently top scoring with two goals.
While he always wants the best for his players and would never force a decision like this, Wilder will almost certainly welcome having McGoldrick around more.
Especially as the Blades are still seeking their first win this term. Ahead of their match with Chelsea on Saturday, they are 19th in the table with just one point.