Newcastle say Paul Dummett is committed to playing for his country after perceived criticism of the defender from Wales boss Chris Coleman.
Dummett was not in the 26-man training squad named by Wales boss Chris Coleman ahead of their World Cup Qualifier against Serbia on June 11.
Coleman hinted on Thursday that Dummett had little interest in turning out for Wales. But in a statement released on the club’s official website, Newcastle have suggested the full-back is simply fatigued after a long season in which he helped Rafa Benitez’s side win the Sky Bet Championship.
The statement read: „Paul Dummett has decided to withdraw himself from international duty with Wales to concentrate on his club career until he is back to full fitness.
„The left-back won’t be involved in next month’s World Cup qualifier in Serbia, having missed Wales’ last game against Republic of Ireland in March due to injury – but has not retired from international football altogether.
„Dummett played more minutes than anybody else as Newcastle lifted the Sky Bet Championship title last season but has appeared just once for his country since making his debut against the Netherlands in June 2014.
„After a gruelling campaign with the Magpies, in which he played through the pain barrier on several occasions, 25-year-old Dummett is keen to recharge his batteries and spend time with his family and friends in order to ensure he is at peak form and fitness for his hometown team’s return to the Premier League and what promises to be a big campaign for both him and the club.
„He has been supported in his decision by Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez.
„However, Dummett – who has represented his country from youth level all the way to the senior team – has not closed the door on his international career and hopes to represent the Dragons again in the future.“