Nemanja Matic: Manchester United midfielder retires from enjoying for Serbia | Soccer Information
Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has decided to end his international career to make room for younger players, the Serbian Football Association (FSS) announced on Friday.
Matic 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 face Norway in the playoff semi-finals on October 8th. Should the Balkan nation win, the Balkan nation will challenge either Scotland or Israel at home on November 12th for a place in the Europe-wide tournament with 24 teams.
FSS sporting director Vladimir Matijasevic said: “Aside from saying that it was time for younger players to take over, Matic did not give any specific reasons for the departure.
“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.”
Serbia visits Russia on September 3 and receives Turkey three days later in Belgrade for the opening games of the Nations League.