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NZ's most-capped footballer Vicelich retires

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP)

New Zealand's most-capped international footballer, Ivan Vicelich, has retired after a career spanning 18 years.

The 37-year-old Vicelich made his debut against Uruguay in 1995 and played 98 matches for New Zealand. His last appearance was in a World Cup qualifier against Mexico in November.

Vicelich also played in the Netherlands for Roda JC and RKC Waalwijk and, briefly in 2010, for Shenzen Ruby FC in China.

He said playing at the 2010 World Cup was the highlight of his career and the end of another World Cup qualifying period was the right time to retire.

Vicelich said ''it's been a privilege and an honor every moment I've pulled on the shirt. It's a sad time knowing that I won't be doing it again but I can now move forward.''

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