Gera retires from Hungary

15 October 2009 10:22
// A bit of a hack but it works// The article snippet is wrapped onto a second line, even when #article-sub is emptyif( $("div#article-sub").children().length == 0 ) {$("div#article-sub").remove();} Hungary midfielder Zoltan Gera has decided to retire from international football after missing out on the game against Denmark. [LNB] The 30-year-old Fulham playmaker has won 63 caps in a lengthy international career, scoring 18 goals in the process, but he did not make the starting line-up in Erwin Koeman's team on Wednesday.[LNB]Gera, who has struggled to hold down a first-team place in recent games, has decided to step down from Hungary, although he did not rule out a return in the future.[LNB]"I told Erwin Koeman that I don't consider myself as a member of the squad anymore," he told[LNB]"I'm ready to face the consequences. My close friends know that this is not a headstrong decision from me.[LNB]Belief"In the past months I felt it several times that the national coach doesn't really believe in me and there were many things that were undeserving with me.[LNB]"I did my best and I accepted when my captain belt was taken away from me and I had to sit on the bench. I tried to prove my abilities with extra resolve.[LNB]"The coach told me on Wednesday that I wouldn't play against Denmark (not even from the bench). This time I decided to tell him my decision and added that I don't want to bother the team in the evening with my presence.[LNB]"I don't say that the decision will last until the end of my career because it can happen in the far future that my name will be in the national team again - but it can also happen that I'll never play again."[LNB]Hungary finished fourth in Group One of the World Cup qualifiers, and miss out on a place in South Africa next year.[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports

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