James Collins has retired from international duty with Wales in order to prolong his club career with West Ham.

Collins retires from international duty

Collins retires from international duty

The 34-year-old defender won 50 caps for the Dragons over a 13-year international career and he formed part of the squad that reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

However, with Wales having failed to qualify for next summer's World Cup in Russia, Collins has now decided to call time on his international career, with Wales boss Chris Coleman admitting the former Aston Villa defender wants to prolong his club career with the Hammers.

"It's a shame because I've really enjoyed working with him," said Coleman. "He wants to spend a bit more time on himself to try and extend his domestic career and he's got young children as well."

Collins has not featured for West Ham since September due to an ankle injury, but he could return to the first-team fold for Saturday's Premier League clash with Liverpool at the London Stadium.

West Ham have only won one of their five league matches in Collins' absence and they will head into the weekend only a point outside the relegation zone.