Friday 15 December 2017

Travel-sick Hahnemann considers quitting US

Wolves goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann is considering his international future with the United States.

Hahnemann, part of the USA squad for the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, has not officially retired from the international game.

But he has questioned whether at the age of 37 he wants to be part of the squad, with all the travelling involved, if he is not going to play.

Hahnemann recognises that Everton's Tim Howard is the established number one, with Aston Villa's Brad Guzan also in contention.

When asked about his future, Hahnemann said: "I haven't played the last few times I've been called up and travelled.

"You question whether it's worth going at all. So I don't know. We'll see.

"Do you take yourself out of the running? The way I left it was I told Bob Bradley, 'if you need me, give me a call'.

"If you're playing well for your club then you want to play for your country. It's the next step.

"It's nice not having guys not travelling all over the place.

"Then you get back on the Thursday, train (with your club) on Friday and then it's the game."

Mano Menezes admitted he was disappointed by the poor attendance for Brazil's clash with Ukraine at Pride Park.

Derby's 33,597-seater stadium was less than 40pc full as the Selecao saw off their Eastern European opponents 2-0.

Daniel Alves broke the deadlock with a volley before Alexandre Pato settled the clash with a smart turn and shot.

The result extended recently appointed Brazil manager Menezes' 100pc winning start, but he admitted victory was tainted slightly by the sparsely populated stadium. "I expected more fans but I think it was a good game," he said.

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