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Maltese goalkeeper retires from international football

Malta’s goalkeeper Andrew Hogg has revealed he is retiring from international football.

The 34-year-old from Sliema, who made a huge name for himself after his impressive performance against England three years ago, confirmed the news on social media on Friday evening.

In a post on Facebook, he told fans: ‘I have decided to announce my international retirement.

‘After 13 years representing my country at top level and having amassed 67 caps I feel that it’s the right time to say goodbye.’

He added: ‘To have played for and represented my country has been the greatest honour of my career so far.

‘I shall continue to concentrate on my club commitments and in furthering my studies within the field of sports psychology.

‘I would like to thank all those who have supported me along my journey and I wish the national team every success.’

Hogg was born in Kingston upon Thames in London in 1985 and currently plays for Birkirkara F.C.

He was hailed as ‘the best Englishman on the pitch’ three years ago when he played out of his skin at Wembley Stadium.

A series of amazing saves helped to keep the score at 2-0 when England played Malta in the World Cup qualifiers in London.

Watch Andrew in action here: