Aaron Hughes: Former Northern Ireland skipper retires after win over Belarus

12/06/2019 01:55

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis pays tribute to former skipper Aaron Hughes, who retires from football after the side's win over Belarus.

Former Northern Ireland captain Aaron Hughes has retired from football after his country's Euro 2020 qualifier win over Belarus.

Current skipper Steven Davis said the 39-year-old spoke to the players after the 1-0 victory in Borisov.

Hughes, who did not speak publicly about his retirement, won 112 caps for his country, 48 as captain.

"Aaron spoke to us after the game and he was a little bit emotional, which is understandable," said Davis.

"He has been a huge player for us over many years, such a consistent performer, and he will be remembered as a proper legend.

"Aaron still looks as if he could play on for a couple more years, but if he has made a decision to retire, we've got to respect that and wish him well."

Hughes, who had been expected to retire after the international double header, was not in the matchday squad for the Belarus win.

He parted company last month with Hearts, having made seven appearances for the Scottish Premiership side last season.

Michael O'Neill convinced Hughes in 2012 to reverse his decision to quit Northern Ireland duty

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/

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