Toon Midfielder Announces International Retirement

Newcastle’s South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-yueng, has announced his retirement from international football after 11 years.

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In a letter sent to the Korea Football Association, Ki made it official that he will no longer play for South Korea. He recently returned early from the Asian Cup with hamstring trouble.

"With the 2019 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup being my last event, I'm laying down the big honor and responsibility of the national team," Ki wrote. "In my football career, the national team was more valuable than anything else. I want to thank fans who have loved and supported me for all this time."

The 30-year-old only played in the opening match of the Asian Cup against the Philippines on January 7 and then had to withdraw. South Korea were later eliminated in the quarter-finals in a loss to Qatar.