Hungary Star Zoltan Gera Announces International Retirement

The midfielder is ready to make way for younger compatriots...
Hungary midfielder Zoltan Gera has announced his decision to retire from international football after missing out on Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Denmark.

The 30-year-old Fulham playmaker struggled to hold down a first-team place in recent games, much to his own dismay.

"I have told Erwin Koeman that I don't consider myself as a member of the squad anymore. I'm ready to face the consequences. My close friends know that this is not a headstrong decision from me," Gera was quoted as saying by reporters.

"In the past months I felt it several times that the national coach doesn't really believe in me and there were many things that were undeserving with me. I did my best and I accepted when my captain belt was taken away from me and I had to sit on the bench. I tried to prove my abilities with extra resolve.

"The coach told me on Wednesday that I wouldn't play against Denmark. This time I decided to tell him my decision and added that I didn't want to bother the team in the evening with my presence.

"I don't say that the decision will last until the end of my career because it can happen in the far future that my name will be in the national team again - but it can also happen that I'll never play again."

Gera has won 63 caps in a lengthy international career, scoring 18 goals in the process.

Stefan Coerts,