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Chris Gunter announces retirement from international football

09 Mar 2023 3 minute read
Chris Gunter. Photo Simon Galloway PA Images

Chris Gunter, Wales’ second most capped men’s player, has retired from international football.

Gunter won 109 caps for his country, a figure surpassed only in the men’s game by Gareth Bale’s total of 111 appearances.

“I’ve had the privilege of representing our great country for 15 years, and it’s given me some of the best times of my career and my life,” Gunter, 33, said in a statement on his personal Twitter account.

“To all of the managers I’ve played under, and all of the staff who have helped me in many different ways, I have so much appreciation for you and need to say a huge thank you.

“I’ve always said when you can share moments with not just team mates but friends it’s even more special, and I’ve been so lucky to share the dressing room with people who are real mates for life.

“From a young kid growing up in Wales the dream was to always play and wear that red shirt. What not even I dreamt of was the memories and experiences it has given me and my family.

“Which has been made possible by you lot, the fans. I’ve tried to tell you many times how much you’ve helped, although it’s hard to find the words to articulate.

“So I’ll just say the biggest thank you, and see you soon.

“We’re in a great place with this staff and squad, with loads to look forward to.”

Euro 2016

Gunter made his Wales debut in 2007 and was a cornerstone of the side that reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016 – the nation’s first major tournament for 58 years.

“We’re glad you crossed that ball,” said a tweet from the official Wales account – a reference to then-manager Chris Coleman telling Gunter not to do so just moments before he set up Sam Vokes for the third goal against Belgium in the Euro 2016 quarter-final.

Wales were leading 2-1 deep into the game and Coleman, caught on camera, was urging Gunter to take up time in the corner.

“Diolch am popeth (thanks for everything) @Chrisgunter16”, the tweet added.

Gunter was also part of the squads that qualified for Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup, although he was a back-up player in those tournaments.

He became the first Wales men’s player to win 100 caps in March 2021.

Gunter played for Cardiff, Tottenham, Nottingham Forest, Reading and Charlton before joining AFC Wimbledon last summer.

His announcement comes after the post-World Cup retirements of record goalscorer Bale and midfielder Joe Allen and ahead of Wales’ Euro 2024 qualifying campaign starting later this month.

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Owain Morgan
Owain Morgan
1 year ago

Chris Gunter has been a consistent performer for Cymru and will always be remembered for ‘that cross’. All Cymru football fans will remember where they were when Gunter crossed that ball for Vokes. It felt like a dream, but the dream had come true and Gunter felt just like we did. The difference is that he was a key part in making that happen. He was a work horse for Cymru, always turned up and wanted to make the team better. He is undoubtedly a legend of the Cymru football team and will be missed by fans and players a… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Owain Morgan
Gareth Davies
1 year ago

What an inspirational player, fully deserving of every one of his 109 caps👏

Cwm Rhondda
Cwm Rhondda
1 year ago

An excellent defender, who rarely made mistakes, quietly and effectively did his job. In my opinion though Chris played below his potential in attack, he lacked confidence and too often played passes backward. He will forever be known though for his cross to Sam Vokes for Cymru’s third goal against Belgium in Euro 2016. I’ll never forget being there in Lille. Thank you Chris.

1 year ago

I’ve seen at least 60 of Chris Gunter’s caps live in stadiums across Europe. Always did a good job, but in my opinion doesn’t really deserve the cult status he’s acquired, sorry.

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