Adam Matthews: I left Celtic for Sunderland to regain Wales place
The former Celtic full-back claims he had to leave Scotland to get back in the Wales team.
Adam Matthews says he had to leave Celtic to regain his spot in the Welsh national team.
The full-back completed his £2 million move to Sunderland at the weekend after five years at Parkhead.
Chris Coleman has preferred Reading's Chris Gunter and Jazz Richards of Fulham in recent Euro 2016 qualifiers. Matthews' last international appearance came in a 3-0 loss to Serbia in September 2013.
Wales are on course to reach the finals in France sitting top of Group B with a three-point lead after taking 16 points from their first six games.
Matthews believes playing in the English Premier League will help him claim back his spot in the Coleman's side.
He told Sky Sports: "The international thing was a major part of me moving.
"The league in Scotland isn't great and I think the Welsh manager saw that and hopefully this move will help me improve my chances of getting into the Welsh team because they are doing really well at the minute. But I just needed a new challenge.
"I have been at Celtic for four years and enjoyed every minute of it but I spoke to my agent and it seemed to be a good move for me at this stage. I'm happy to move forward and playing in the English Premier League was a big factor in my decision - Sunderland are a massive club, there is no doubt about it.
"It was a hard decision, I had grown close to a lot of the boys at Celtic but I just felt I needed something new. I think I have made the right decision. Celtic are a great club and I wish them all the best for the future."