8 Aug 2013

Paston retires from All Whites

11:45 am on 8 August 2013

The veteran All Whites goalkeeper Mark Paston has announced his retirement from international football.

The decision to retire means Paston won't be a part of the intercontinental playoff against the fourth-best team from North and Central America in late November, with the winner advancing to the World Cup in Brazil next year.

After retiring from the Wellington Phoenix at the end of last season, the 36-year-old had left the door open for the All Whites - but having taken a few months off, Paston re-evaluated the situation and decided to officially retire from the international game too.

Paston says that he hasn't really missed playing football since retiring from the Phoenix, and that was a pretty good sign that it was time to move on.

He retires with 35 'A' international caps for the All Whites since making his debut in September 1997 against Indonesia.