Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic has announced his retirement from international duty.
The 32-year-old has made 48 appearances for Serbia, scoring two goals.
It is unfortunate timing for his national side, who are due to meet Norway in the Euro 2021 play-off semi-final in October.
The Serbian FA sports director Vladimir Matijasevic told Sky Sports: ‘Other than saying it was time for younger players to take over, Matic did not state any other specific reasons for quitting.
‘We respect his decision. He is 32 years old and he’s had an exerting club season. European club football is demanding and hence we are aware that we’ll have to inject fresh blood into the national team.’
Matic recently signed a new three-year contract at Old Trafford, which raised eyebrows due to his age.
The club’s usual policy for players of a similar age is to renew them on a year-by-year rolling contract.… Read the rest