Argentina striker Gabriel Batistuta has confirmed that he has played his last game for his country.
“I’ve taken this decision because of my age and to devote time to other important competitions,’ Batistuta, 33, told Argentinian radio.
‘I’ve given everything I can give to the national side.’
‘It was a difficult thing to do because to leave like this is not what I had planned,’ said the 33-year-old Roma striker.
“I had great expectations about this tournament and I really believed we could make to the final. We had all the ingredients, players performing well in the best leagues in the world, and we got burned.
‘I said no more to the national team and that’s it. The decision is to do with my age and the length of time to the next competition.’
‘The thing that surprised me was not waiting for a call to be involved this time,” he told Buenos Aires-based radio La Red.
Batistuta scored 56 goals in 78 games for Argentina, a national record.