Japan captain, Makoto Hasebe has announced his retirement from international footballer following their exit from the 2018 world cup.
Japan was knocked out of the world cup by Belgium and Hasesbe feels is time to take a rest from international football.
He made the announcement on his instagram page where he said it’s time for him to end his international career.
“Playing for the national team is different from club teams in that the players don’t know when or who will be selected. So I understand I’m being self-centered by announcing this,” the 34-year-old, who finishes his career with 114 international caps, said.
Hasebe was called up for the Japanese national team in February 2006 and became the side captian in 2010 world cup.
He also plays as a defensive midfielder for the Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt.