Date: 29th January 2009 at 4:19pm
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Bad news it might be for Denmark, but this should be good for Aston Villa!

Villa’s central defender and captain, Martin Laursen has decided it is time to hang up his international boots and concentrate on club football only.



With his recent years being plagued with knee injuries, the 31-year-old defensive rock has retired from international football explaining:

‘Now my knees cannot cope that I both play for Aston Villa and for the national team. In this situation, the only real solution is to be available for the club.”

Laursen, who is currently out for a couple of months having undergone further knee surgery, says the decision was the ‘toughest I had to make during my football career.”

Denmark’s coach Morten Olsen said his retirement was a ‘great loss for the national team.”