Edwards: I nearly quit

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Ipswich midfielder Carlos Edwards has revealed he mulled over international retirement as he prepares to end a two-and-a-half year exile with Trinidad and Tobago.

Edwards, 32, is gearing up for World Cup qualifiers against Bermuda on Friday and Barbados next Tuesday having been named in Otto Pfister's squad, and it is the arrival of the German which has played a big part in his return to the international fold.

"I did think about calling it a day to be honest," Edwards told Town's official website. "The previous coach was a local guy and I don't think the federation was taking it as seriously as they probably should have which was disappointing."

He added: "Things were all over the place within the set-up so I decided to take a back seat.

"I didn't realise it had been that long though - two-and-a-half years since I last represented my country - but it was a nice rest for me.

"There were also a lot of things there that I don't think I would have tolerated which the young local guys probably did as they didn't know any better.

"But now the new manager has come in and is taking things in a different perspective and he's obviously trying to stamp his authority on the side and thankfully the federation are listening and supporting him."

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