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Landon Donovan hints at international retirement

LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan has admitted that he could quit United States national team in the near future.

The 30-year-old helped his side make it to the Conference semi-finals by scoring from a penalty spot in the 2-1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps on Friday.

However, while remaining focus on his club career, the highly rated forward admits he is not sure how much longer he can continue playing for the national team.

“If I’m not enjoying playing anymore, the World Cup is the last thing on my mind,” Donovan said in an interview with ESPN.

“I need to make sure that I’m enjoying playing every day. If I’m not enjoying it, none of that stuff really matters.

“And your body’s going to tell you it’s time to take a break, and that’s what my body has done this year, there’s no question.”

Donovan missed four of USA’s six 2014 World Cup qualifiers due to injury, but his side, nonetheless, managed to climb to the top of the standings, having picked up 13 points in the process.

The former Everton star has scored a total of 49 goals in 144 appearances for the national team, and he represented United States at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

Sat 3 November, 2012
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