Blackburn defender Ryan Nelsen tells Big Sam: I'm not going to stop playing for New Zealand

23 November 2010 11:34
Rover but not out: Nelsen wants to keeping playing for New Zealand as well as for his club Blackburn

Blackburn defender Ryan Nelsen insists he will not stop playing for New Zealand despite pleas from Sam Allardyce to hang up his international boots.

Rovers boss Allardyce has urged the 33-year-old Kiwi skipper to think seriously about the rigours of trying to combine his duties for club and country as he enters the latter stages of his career.

However, while Nelsen is aware that he could face a big decision at some point in the future, he is happy to continue fighting on both fronts for the time being and will only end his international career if it starts to affect his form.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: 'I would just like to finish it on my terms and when I feel that's being detrimental to Blackburn or vice versa, then I think it will be time to call it quits.

'But at the moment, I feel really good, my body feels good and I feel fit. I'm still motivated to play so at the moment, the time is not right.

'Maybe in six months, a year, two years, I don't know, that could be completely different.

'I try to keep as fit as I can because I'm not getting any younger, but once that starts coming, anything detrimental to Blackburn or to New Zealand, I will call it quits.'

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Source: Daily_Mail