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After elimination from World Cup, Argentina's Mascherano announces retirement from international football

Mascherano, who has played at four World Cups, made his debut for Argentina in 2003 and holds the record for most appearances for Argentina with 147.

India TV Sports Desk Edited by: India TV Sports Desk New Delhi Published on: June 30, 2018 22:40 IST
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Defender Mascherano announces his retirement after 147 caps for Argentina

Javier Mascherano has announced he's retiring from the national team after Argentina was eliminated from the World Cup. Argentina were humbled by France after they were defeated 4-3 in the round of 16 clash. 

The 34-year-old midfielder says "It's time to say goodbye and for the younger players to step in."

Argentina had a 2-1 lead early in the second half but France rallied to win 4-3 and become the first team to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals.

Mascherano, who has played at four World Cups, made his debut for Argentina in 2003 when he still hadn't played professionally for River Plate.

He holds the record for most appearances for Argentina with 147.

Now, the defensive midfielder says it's time for a new generation to shine: "Hopefully they can achieve something. Now I'm one more fan of the national team."

(With AP Inputs)

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