Date: 12th November 2019 at 8:30pm
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A lot of Newcastle United fans are not surprised to hear that Matt Ritchie has retired from international football, and they support his decision.

Ritchie had played 16 times for Scotland – who he qualified for playing with through his dad, but at the age of 30, he has decided that he has had enough.

The reasons he gave Steve Clarke were family-related, and fitness-related with Ritchie said to be keen to remain at peak physical condition for Newcastle.

The former Bournemouth man managed to score three goals for Scotland but received heavy abuse from some Scottish fans who did not want him associated with the team.

Do you support Ritchie's decision?

Yes, better for him and his family

Yes, better for him and his family

No, should have continued his international career

No, should have continued his international career

Ritchie is loved on Tyneside, but he never got that affection north of the border, and I am glad he has decided to focus fully on the Toon.

Hopefully, we see him back in black & white soon.

See the best of the reaction below.

These Newcastle fans are in support of Ritchie’s decision.

Other Toon fans are asking what Scotland career as to them it never started.

 
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