International retirement baffles Bergomi

Former Italy defender Beppe Bergomi has criticised players who opt to retire from international football.

Former Italy defender Beppe Bergomi has criticised players who opt to retire from international football.

“I never said goodbye to the national side and I would never have wanted to,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport. “The Azzurri shirt gifts incredible emotions.

“I’m with UEFA President Michel Platini when he says that you shouldn’t reject an international call-up. For ethical reasons, you should not say no to your country.”

The 2014 World Cup saw a host of stars bring their national careers to an end – such as Germany captain Philipp Lahm, who is only 30.

“Why did he sideline himself when he is still at his peak? Lahm could still give so much to his country,” the Inter legend added.

Bergomi made his Italy debut in 1982 at the age of 18 and he won the last of his 81 caps at the age of 34 at the 1998 World Cup Finals.

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