Blades midfielder, Ollie Norwood, is unlikely to change his mind over his decision to retire from international football.
Norwood, who is still only 28, made the decision to step away from the international scene over the summer. The news disappointed Northern Ireland manager, Michael O’Neill, at the time.
The midfielder has been an ever-present for United this term. His performances in the middle of the park have helped the Blades to fifth in the table.
And Chris Wilder believes there is little chance of Norwood reversing his call.
“Ollie knew what decision he wanted to make. He was adamant and positive about that,” Wilder said (BBC).
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“He wanted to concentrate on this season in the Premier League. He’s doing great with the contribution he is making for us,” added the Blades boss.”
Norwood played a key role for his country when they qualified and, ultimately, did well in Euro 2016. However, given his manager’s comments, it looks unlikely he will be appearing again.
Club before country
Playing for your country is a huge honour. Most players will do all they can to get as many caps as possible.
However, on this occasion, it appears simply that Norwood had a clear mindset. Having been ditched by both Brighton and Fulham when promoted previously, he clearly wanted to focus all his efforts on Sheffield United.
That decision, at the moment, looks like being a good one. He’s played every game so far for United and remains a key cog in the middle of the park.
United reaping the rewards
The Blades are not going to be in any rush to encourage Norwood to go back to the international stage.
As much as Chris Wilder loves his players being recognised by their country, having Norwood fit and firing on a regular basis is more important.
If Ollie Norwood was to be injured, it would leave a huge gap in the middle for the Blades. Minimising that risk of injury by keeping him at Bramall Lane during the international break should help ensure he plays more games than he misses.