‘Living My Dream’ – there could hardly be a more fitting title for Dave Edwards’ autobiography, which was released just before Christmas. An international career for Wales which spanned over a decade gave our midfield man some moments that will live long in the memory.
Since debuting in a Wales side that featured Chris Gunter in the Millennium Stadium in 2007 – a 2-2 draw against an Ireland side which included Paul McShane, Kevin Doyle and Stephen Hunt – Edwards went on to make 43 appearances for the Dragons and netted three times. He was, of course, part of that iconic journey to the Euro 2016 semi-finals.
And ahead of the latest international break, Edwards made the decision to retire from international football. Here’s what he had to say, in his own words…
It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to announce my international retirement.
It has been a huge privilege to represent my country over the last 15 years and one that I have loved and savoured along every step of the way.
I feel the time is right to step away as the country embarks on an exciting new chapter. We have some really exceptional young talent and I believe it is more important for Welsh football that they have the same chances I had to gain some invaluable experience rather than me stay around to pick up a few extra caps.
I am truly proud to have been part of the most successful team in Welsh history, experiencing some incredible highs that will stay with me forever. I thank everyone who shared this journey with me including managers, players, staff and of course the amazing Welsh fans.
Wearing the Welsh shirt has filled me with so much pride and it is an honour to be one of the lucky people out there selected to do so. With that said I wish the team and nation every success in the future. Thank you for the memories.