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Sørensen ends long Denmark career

Published: Tuesday 7 August 2012, 18.08CET
Denmark goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen has followed Christian Poulsen in announcing his retirement from international football after collecting 101 caps over a 13-year period.
by Peter Bruun
Sørensen ends long Denmark career
Thomas Sørensen (right) appeared in three major tournaments for Denmark ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 7 August 2012, 18.08CET

Sørensen ends long Denmark career

Denmark goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen has followed Christian Poulsen in announcing his retirement from international football after collecting 101 caps over a 13-year period.

The day after former captain Christian Poulsen said goodbye to the Danish national team, goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen has followed suit and called time on his international career after collecting 101 caps.

The Stoke City FC player made his first appearance for Denmark in November 1999 against Israel in a UEFA EURO 2000 play-off. He succeeded Peter Schmeichel as his country's No1 18 months later and had been a mainstay ever since. 

"It has been tough to come to this decision," said Sørensen, 36, who featured in the FIFA World Cups of 2002 and 2010 as well as UEFA EURO 2004. "Ever since my childhood the national team was my major target and it has been a great part of my life.

"However, I have discussed my situation with national coach Morten Olsen and Lars Høgh [Denmark's goalkeeping coach] and of course with my family, so the decision has been well considered," continued the ex-Sunderland AFC and Aston Villa FC custodian.

Sørensen's last outing came in the May friendly against Brazil in which he sustained the back injury that ruled him out of UEFA EURO 2012.

Last updated: 07/08/12 18.47CET

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