Grant McCann has announced his decision to take a break from international football.
McCann has revealed he is going to focus on his club career and his new role as Under 15 coach at Peterborough United.
The 33-year-old mifielder – who has earned 39 caps for his country – insists he has not retired from Northern Ireland duty.
But he added he is stepping back from any international responsibilities.
Confirming his decision on his official Twitter account, McCann said: “Made one of the toughest decisions of my life today, but one I felt I needed to make for my future.
“I have decided to take time away from International Football I haven’t retired as such.
“My main objective is to get Peterborough back in to the championship and to concentrate on the coaching with the Under 15s.
“If I’m ever needed to play again for N Ireland then I will be there but I’m at an age where club football, my coaching and family come first.
“Thanks for all the tweets Earlier meant a lot to me. I will always be a fan of the #gawa and always have been even when I was playing.”
McCann was part of Michael O’Neill’s squad for last week’s World Cup qualifier with Russia but did not feature in the 1-0 win at Windsor Park.