Roma attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has announced his retirement from international football.
The 33 year-old and captain of the Armenian national team released a statement on social media revealing his decision to hang up his boots with his country.
He wrote, ”Dear friends, it was an honor to play for my nation for the past 15 years and even more-so of an honor to captain it for the last 6 years.”
“After 95 international caps, hard work, passion and unprecedented ups and downs along the journey representing my country on the field, I have taken the decision to retire from my international career with the Armenia national team.
Adding, ”I came to the decision after my last game against Germany in November. I think it’s the right time. I’ve given everything I can possibly give to the national team
“For the coming years I will therefore be fully focused on my club career
“My football nest was woven in Armenia, my homeland, and I will forever be grateful to every single person who supported me, managed me, who I played with, and who contributed to my growth as a footballer and person.”
He concluded, “Good luck to my national team!”