​Mario Manduzkic retires from Croatia national team

Mario Manduzkic has announced his retirement from the Croatia national team via his Twitter account.

The Juventus striker is second all-time leading goal scorers for Croatia with 33 from 89 appearances. This summer, his three goals , scored in the round of 16, semifinals and final — made Croatia reach their first-ever World Cup final.

Manduzkic wrote : “Dear fans,I always preferred to do my talking on the pitch than off it. That is why these words are harder than slide-tackling an opponent or sprinting in the 120th minute.

“It is harder because it is an honor to wear the Croatian shirt and to represent my country. It is harder because I know this is final and after these words, there is no coming back.

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