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Mario Mandzukic retires from international duty
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 11: Mario Mandzukic of Croatia celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Mario Mandzukic retires from international duty

Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic has announced his retirement from international football

Mandzukic,32, was an integral part of the Croatia team that reached the nation’s first World Cup final this summer.

He scored the winning goal that sent Croatia to their first World Cup final. However, Les Bleus were too strong for them in the finals as they lost 4-2.

“As much as the silver fills me with new energy, it makes it easier to make this impossible decision,” he said.

“This month, as well as the arrival home, will remain the most important memory of my career.

“It was the most beautiful trip. I am overjoyed, filled with heaven, proud of the silver we have been fighting for years, through a lot of effort, disappointment, and heavy moments.

“There is no ideal time to go. If we can, I believe that we all would play for Croatia so long as we’re still alive because there is no greater pride. But I feel that the moment is for me now.”

Mandzukic, who once played for Atletico Madrid and currently a Juve player racked up 89 appearances for Croatia and scored 33 goals in the process.

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