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Fulham defender Riise quits playing for Norway

May 6, 2013

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norway’s most capped footballer, John Arne Riise, says he’s giving up playing for the national team to concentrate on Premier League side Fulham.

Riise says on his website that he wants to “fully focus” on club football. He joined Fulham in July 2011, having previously played for Roma and Liverpool.

The 32-year-old Fulham defender played in 110 internationals and scored 16 goals for Norway.

Riise says he’s enjoyed representing his country but is now in the “final phase” of his career which he hopes will last at least four years.

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