Abidal retires from international football

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Defender Eric Abidal, who underwent a liver transplant in 2012, has become the latest player to announce his retirement from international football.
Abidal, 34, capped 67 times for his country, follows Bayern Munich winger, Franck Ribery and midfielder, Samir Nasri in bringing down the curtain on his international career.
playing for Olympiakos in Greece after spells Barcelona and Monaco, Abidal told Catalan radio station Rac1 he had been upset at being selected for the World Cup in Brazil.
“It’ over,” he said late Wednesday. “I have held a press or said anything. I am saying it for the first time today but I am more than certain that I will no longer join the national team.”
Abidal, who played for Barcelona for six years from 2007, first diagnosed a liver tumour in March 2011 and a year later underwent a transplant.
He won the last of his 67 caps in a World Cup qualifier against Ukraine in November last year but coach Didier Deschamps finally left him of the World Cup squad for Brazil.
“The coach called me to tell me I on the list. It affected me a lot,” said Abidal.
“I wanted to end the World Cup and all my fight up to for that. I won’t say it for nothing but I wanted to finish well, I wanted to finish the World Cup and that door is closed,” he said.
Abidal joined Monaco in July last year after Barcelona opted not to renew his .
The Lille and Lyon player says he has fully recovered and he successfully completed checks last month to join Greek champions Olympiakos.  (supersport.com)