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Zenit star retires from international football

Zenit midfielder Konstantin Zyryanov has announced his retirement from international football.

Zyryanov, 35, had long been considered a key player for both club and country, but has failed to make a single appearance for Russia since Fabio Capello took over the reigns.

After speaking to the Italian coach, the combative midfielder revealed that he won’t be playing for the national team any more.

“I had a discussion with the coach. What was said will remain between us,” Zyryanov said to Sovietsky Sport.

“All I can say is that it has been decided that I will not play for the national team.”

Konstantin Zyryanov has made a total of 52 appearances for Russia national team, scoring 7 goals in the process.

He participated at the Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 and was even named in the team of the tournament at the 2008 European Championship.

Zyryanov started two games at the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine, but couldn’t help Russia qualify for the knockout stages.

Mon 17 December, 2012
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