Chris GunterWales’ second most-playing male player has retired from international football.

Gunter has made 109 appearances for his country, surpassing Gareth Bale’s 111 appearances in men’s games alone.

“I’ve had the privilege of representing our great country for 15 years and it has given me some of the best times of my career and life,” said Gunter, 33. twitter bill.

“To all the managers I’ve played under and to all the staff who have helped me in so many different ways, I am so grateful and have to say a huge thank you.

“I’ve always said it’s even more special when you can share moments with your friends, not just with your teammates, and I’m so lucky to be sharing the locker room with people who are true friends for life.

“From a little boy growing up Wales His dream was to always play and wear that red shirt. They were memories and experiences that I couldn’t even imagine.

“You fans made it possible. Words are hard to come by, but I have tried to explain over and over how much he has helped you.

“So I will say the biggest thank you and see you soon.

“We’re in a great place with this lineup and staff, loads to look forward to.”

Gunter made his Wales debut in 2007 and was the cornerstone for the team reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2016, the country’s first major tournament in 58 years.

“We’re glad you passed that ball,” said a tweet from the official Wales account – referring to the coach at the time. Chris Coleman Telling Gunter not to do that just before Sam Vokes set the third goal against Belgium in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.

Wales were leading 2-1 in the depths of the game and Coleman caught on camera was urging Gunter to buy time around the corner.

The tweet added “Diolch am popeth (thanks for everything) @Chrisgunter16”.

Gunter was also on the qualifying squads for the Euro 2020 and 2022 World Cup, but was a substitute in these tournaments.

In March 2021, he became the first Wales male player to make 100 appearances.

Gunter played for Cardiff, Tottenham, Nottingham Forest, Reading and Charlton before joining AFC Wimbledon last summer.

His announcement came after record goalscorer Bale and the midfielder retired after the World Cup. Joe Allen and ahead of Wales’ Euro 2024 qualifying campaign, which will begin later this month.