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Is Collingwood’s England career over?

He is the only England captain to win an World Title, but at the age of 35, Paul Collingwood fears that his international career might be over – and he has a lot to fear about.

The Durham all-rounder last represented his country at the World Cup in March, scoring 14 runs in the two-wicket defeat by Bangladesh.

But since then he has been left out every England squad and he has been stripped of his Twenty20 captaincy, replaced by the younger Stuart Broad.

Whats worrying for Collignwood is that young and the future seem to be a very a common theme in the new look England side.

Johnny Bairstow, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler are just a few of the new exciting talent coming through into the national side – all focused towards the next World Cup.

The future does indeed look bright.

With so much strength in young players, along with the now experience regulars of Ian Bell, Graeme Swann and James Anderson, England are set for several successful years to come.

This has meant that the all-time leading scorer for England in ODI’s has been relegated to the county scene – and sadly it looks like he will spend the rest of his cricketing life at Durham.

And now even Collingwood himself is now having his doubts about an England recall.

“Something extraordinary would have to happen for me to get back in the side,” He said.

“We all probably know that my England days are done.

“You have to realise that the management are the people who make decisions for the better of the
England team. That might be hard to take but that’s what kind of industry we’re in.

“Maybe I will think about announcing my (full international) retirement over the winter.

“It’s nothing that I have wanted to rush in to. I knew it was the right moment to leave the Test side and I guess I will just choose the right moment to leave the ODI and Twenty20 side.”


About Chris Airey

Sports Journalist at Staffordshire Uni - writes for DerbyshireCCC, TelfordUtd Programme and AllOutCricket - tries to play a bit of cricket too!!


One thought on “Is Collingwood’s England career over?

  1. I believe that he should retire from England Internationals now and let younger talent come through

    Posted by Ed | September 29, 2011, 11:38 am

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