Chelsea and Argentina striker, Gonzalo Higuain, has announced his retirement from international football.
Higuain, who joined Chelsea on loan from Juventus in January, announced his retirement from the Argentine national team while speaking with Fox Sports on Friday.
“My time with Argentina is over. Thinking things through in depth, my time is up”.
“I’ve made the decision because I want to enjoy my family, I want to spend time with my daughter and at the same time I feel that I gave my country everything I could”.
“I’m fully focused on my commitment to Chelsea.
“The Premier League is amazing and I really want to enjoy it. It’s very competitive indeed”, Higuain told Fox Sports.
During his international career, Higuain won 75 caps for his country, scoring 31 goals.
The 31 year-old striker, who reached the finals of three major tournaments with Argentina – the 2014 World Cup and the Copa America in 2015 and 2016 but has often been criticised for his performances in international football, took a shot at his critics while announcing his retirement from international football.
“People remember the goals I missed and not the ones I scored. I’m sure everyone celebrated the goal against Belgium [the winner in the 2014 World Cup quarter-final],” Higuain told Fox Sports.
“When you criticise someone maliciously it hurts everyone. I saw how much my family suffered, but I gave everything for the national team.
“It’s one thing to say that the national team did not achieve our objectives, but when people talk about failure it’s very hard,” he told Fox sports.