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Berbatov quits international football
13 May 2010 - 12:00:52
Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has called time on his international career with Bulgaria.
The Bulgaria captain, who won 74 international caps over the last 11 years and became his country's all-time leading scorer in November 2009, has retired with immediate effect.
It is believed that Berbatov has become disillusioned with criticism of the national team following a disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign which resulted in them missing out on the finals in South Africa.
"I am withdrawing from the Bulgarian national team, it was a difficult decision but I made it," he said.
"Sometimes you have to make the difficult ones. I thought about it enough, but everything has a beginning and an end and that is today."
Meanwhile, United legend Dennis Law has admitted Berbatov has failed to live up to expectations following his £30million arrival from Tottenham in January 2008.
"I don't want to knock him. He hasn't come up to the standard he set at Spurs, but when he was there he looked an extremely good player," said Laws following a 12-goal season from the languid striker.
"He's always had that laid-back style, even when he was at Tottenham, and that's what the fans admired him for but now he gets criticised for it."