Bitter blow for Hughes

Hughes prepares to lead out Northern Ireland in a recent qualifier
Hughes prepares to lead out Northern Ireland in a recent qualifier

NORTHERN IRELAND skipper Aaron Hughes has pulled out of the Northern Ireland squad and will not feature for Northern Ireland again.

The former Coagh defender was struggling with a knee injury and has been forced to pull out of the squad. Hughes had declared his intentions to retire from international football only a number of weeks ago.

The Fulham defender gained 78 caps for his country and was skipper on forty six occasions.