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UPDATED 06:52 17th July 2012

THOMAS SORENSEN retired from international football in 2012 to concentrate on regaining the number one jersey from Asmir Begovic but the Bosnian’s impressive performances have made it difficult for the Dane.

Both he and Begovic competed for the position since the 27-year-old’s arrival at the club in January 2010 and after losing his place in the Premier League side, the 6ft 5in Dane featured prominently in City’s historic success in reaching their first-ever FA Cup Final.

The goalkeeping duties were shared throughout the 2011-12 season with Sorensen starting off in the Europa League side but taking over for a four-month spell in the Premier League when former manager Tony Pulis decided to give Begovic a rest from top-flight action.

Sorensen proved to be one of Pulis’ best signings, having picked him up on a free transfer from Aston Villa shortly after the Club won promotion to the Premier League.

Prior to his five year spell at Villa Park, he had spent another five years with Sunderland where he made 171 League appearances after City’s former assistant manager Peter Reid had taken him to the Stadium of Light in a £500,000 deal from Odense.

It was during a loan spell with the Danish second division side Svendborg that Sorensen had caught the eye of Sunderland scouts in the 1997-98 season.