Romania captain Cristian Chivu retires
Romania captain Cristian Chivu announced his retirement from international football on Saturday.
The 30-year-old Inter Milan defender cited his age and recent injuries for his decision in a letter to the Romanian Football Federation.
''My career wearing the Romania shirt is over,'' he wrote. ''My age and the injuries and operations I've had in recent years make it impossible for me to carry on battling on both fronts.''
Federation managing director Ionut Lupescu called the move by Chivu, regarded as a selfless teammate, ''an enormous loss.''
Chivu first played for Romania in 1999, the year he was signed by Dutch club Ajax. He appeared for his country 75 times over 12 years, playing in Euro 2000 and Euro 2008. Romania is still in the midst of qualifying for Euro 2012.
He suffered a fractured skull in 2010.