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Pavel Nedved has told the Czech Republic football federation that he has retired from international football.

Nedved, the reigning European Player of the Year, won 83 caps for his country.

He recently announced that he would continue playing for his country, but appears to have undergone a change of heart.

“It really saddens me to be leaving the national team and I believe that my former team mates, who I was honoured to play with, as well as my fans … will respect and understand my decision,” the Juventus midfielder said in a statement.

“I do not want to be seen as leaving without feeling or as being disgruntled. And because of this, I wish Czech football further success,” he added.

Nedved has won numerous titles with Czech sides Dukla Prague and Sparta Prague and Italian clubs Lazio and Juventus, but the closest he came to success on the international stage was as a member of the Czech Republic side which lost to Germany in the Euro 96 final.

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