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Sancho to exit international stage

SANCHO: played against England in the World Cup
SANCHO: played against England in the World Cup

GILLINGHAM defender Brent Sancho is one of 13 Trinidad & Tobago planning to retire from international football after a dispute with his national federation over World Cup payments.

Sancho starred for Trinidad & Tobago in all three games in World Cup 2006, including a fine display in the 1-0 defeat to England.

But he and the other 12 players feel they are still owed payments from the tournament and they have announced their intention to quit the national team after the next two games.

Sunderland striker Dwight Yorke issued a statement on behalf of the players, saying: "We certainly didn't anticipate this decision, especially following so hot on the heels of what has been our proudest and most memorable achievements in the game this summer.

"We cannot see how we can build on anything if the contracts that we enter into are not worth the paper they are written on."

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