Australia’s Mark Bresciano has called time on his career with the Australian football team.
Bresciano, 35, won 84 caps for the Socceroos, making his debut in the historic win over world champions France at the Confederations Cup.
He scored in Australia’s 1-0 win over Uruguay at Stadium Australia in 2005, before also converting in the penalty shootout that saw the Socceroos qualify for their first World Cup finals in 32 years.
He made the decision over the weekend after reflecting on the Asian Cup triumph, calling Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou with the news.
“It is with an element of sadness but a lot of pride that I have decided to retire from the Socceroos,” Bresciano said. “Playing for my country in the sport I love has been an amazing experience and something I have cherished but never taken for granted.
“I have been fortunate enough to wear the Socceroo shirt at every major football tournament, meet some tremendous people, shared the highs and lows with some great players, and capped it all off by helping us win the 2015 Asian Cup.
“It has been an unforgettable journey with a lot of positive memories but I feel it is time to let this fantastic group of young players continue to take the Socceroos forward.”