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Mexican striker Guillermo Franco hangs up his boots to make way for next generation of stars

Naturalised Mexican striker Guillermo Franco has announced his retirement from the international team, shifting his focus towards finding a new club following his departure from West Ham United in May. 

Now a free agent, Franco has recently received attention from Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez although a decision is still yet to be made.

The Argentine-born player, who became a Mexican citizen in 2002, gained 25 international caps and played in both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.  His reasoning for the decision was to allow more space for future stars. 

Franco on Thursday told Acir Radio, “I consider my spell in the national team has reached its end, respecting the fact there is a good generation of youngsters coming up behind.”

The 33-year-old was overlooked for this weekend's friendly against Ecuador by newly-appointed Mexico manager Efrain Flores.

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