Deco to hang up Portugal boots

The Brazilian-born playmaker has been a regular presence for

Portugal since being granted citizenship in 2002, after six years

of residence in the country. Deco has, however, decided that he

will make himself unavailable for selection when the World Cup in

South Africa comes to an end. “I will close my cycle after the

World Cup,” he told Radio Globo. “Because of my age and because it

is tiring, I will say goodbye to the national team after the World

Cup.” The 32-year-old midfielder has 71 international caps to his

name and helped Portugal reach the final of Euro 2004 and the

semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup. Meanwhile, Deco, who indicated

he plans to return to Brazil at the end of the 2010/11 season, has

vowed to help Chelsea win the Premier League. “The title for

Chelsea will be my professional fulfilment,” he added.