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Published: 13:39 | 8/7/16

Cech retires from international football


Arsenal goalkeeper has announced his retirement from international football.

Cech won a record 124 caps for Czech Republic, including all three matches at Euro 2016, but he has decided to bring his 14-year international career to an end, believing he will not be able to continue through to the 2018 World Cup.

"It is a definite decision," Cech told the Czech Republic Football Association (FACR).

"The fact we did not win at the Euros had no effect on my decision, although obviously I would have preferred a triumphant farewell.

"I like to do things 100 per cent and there will come a time where I have to ease the burden on myself. That time may not be now, but qualification for the World Cup takes two years and it would not have been right to announce that I do not feel I can carry on in the middle of that.

"Therefore it is better to make the decision now and close a beautiful chapter."

He added on Twitter: "We lived some amazing moments together - wishing the team all the best for the future."

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