Saudi Arabia's Yasser Al-Qahtani retires from international competition after ten years and 100 caps

The veteran Saudi Arabia striker declared his intention to pass the baton to the next generation of players following his country's elimination from World Cup qualifying
Saudi Arabia international Yasser Al-Qahtani on Thursday announced his retirement from international football after his country's elimination from qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

The striker was one of his country's most prolific scorers in 100 appearances for the Green Falcons. After earning a share of the Golden Boot in the 2007 Asian Cup, Al-Qahtani went on to be named that year's Asian Player of the Year.

"With deep regret and sadness, I announce my desire to retire internationally," the 29-year-old posted to his personal Twitter account.

"I want to give younger players an opportunity to compete, because I believe the team needs to continue to rebuild over the next ten years."

The announcement comes two months after the Kingdom's shock 4-2 loss at Australia on February 29, in which they surrendered three goals in a four minute span despite leading 2-1 at the half.

Al-Qahtani has four goals in 12 appearances for UAE Pro League-leading Al Ain so far this season.


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