Ferreira retires from Portugal duty

Chelsea player Ferreira made the decision after being called into

the squad for his country’s opening two Euro 2012 qualifiers. The

31-year-old has informed the Portuguese Football Federation of his

decision. Ferreira made 62 appearances for Portugal, his debut

coming in a friendly against England at Villa Park in 2002. He was

a substitute in the final of Euro 2004 in his home country, coming

off the bench but unable to prevent Portugal losing to Greece.

Ferreira played at the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008 but made just

one appearance at this summer’s World Cup.