Belfast Telegraph

Johnson's retirement a big blow

It was just how the quiet man of Northern Ireland football wanted it to be. No fuss, no drama. A simple statement on Thursday morning from the Irish FA announced Damien Johnson’s immediate retirement from international football.

Ongoing back trouble has forced the 31-year-old midfielder, capped 56 times by his country, to quit Northern Ireland so that he can concentrate solely on his club football at Plymouth Argyle.

Johnson has been a terrific servant for Northern Ireland over the years and was thought by many at a time to be one of our most gifted and talented players.

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

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