Romania captain Cristian Chivu has announced his retirement from international football citing his ageing body as the main reason behind his decision.
The Inter defender believes that now is the right time to bid adieu to the international scene.
"I have reached a difficult time in my life, one that I’ve always thought of with fear, but cannot be delayed anymore," the player's emotional farewell letter began.
"My playing career under Romania’s flag is over. My age, the injuries, the surgical interventions that I’ve gone through in recent years keep me from playing on several fronts. With this decision, one of the most important periods of my life comes to an end and now, when I look back, I feel pride, honour and gratitude.
"I would like to thank with all my heart to all those who’ve supported me in my international career, coaches, team-mates, members of the federation, fans, members of my family, to my wife and our two daughters, for these 12 years that have changed my life.
"Go Romania! Let’s be proud that we’re Romanians!"
The 30-year-old was capped 75 times for Romania.