Nemanja Matic calls time on Serbia profession: Serbian FA | Soccer Information
BELGRADE: Serbia and Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has decided to end his international career to make way for younger players, the Serbian Football Association (FSS) announced on Friday.
United’s enforcer was not immediately available for comment, but FSS sporting director Vladimir Matijasevic was quoted by Belgrade media as saying Matic was determined to hang up his Serbian football boots.
“Aside from the fact that it was time for younger players to take over, Matic has not given any other specific reasons for the departure,” said Matijasevic.
“We respect his decision. He is 32 years old and has had a tough club season behind him. European club football is demanding and we know we need to inject fresh blood into the national team.”
“We have several players who are out of the woods and we know some of them will retire from international careers in the next year or two.”
Matic, who joined United from Chelsea in 2017, has scored two goals in 48 games for Serbia, which still has a chance to reach Euro 2020 next year after being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Serbia will visit Norway in a playoff semi-final on October 8th and should the Balkan nation win, the Balkan nation will be at home against either Scotland or Israel on November 12th to compete in the 24-team tournament across Europe.
Serbia visits Russia on September 3rd and receives Turkey three days later in Belgrade for the opening games of the Nations League.