January 31, 2019 10:38
Ki Sung-yueng of Newcastle United in the English Premier League announced his retirement from the Korean national football team on Wednesday.
In a letter to the Korea Football Association on Wednesday, the midfielder wrote, "I'm going to lay down the huge honor and big responsibility of being part of the national team. The 2019 Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup was my last appearance to represent Korea. Throughout my career, it was more valuable than anything. I want to express my deep gratitude to the fans, who have supported me over the years."
Ki represented the country for the first time in a friendly against Jordan in September 2008 at the age of 19. He took part in three World Cups in 2010, 2014 and 2018, and three Asian Cups in 2011, 2015 and 2019.
He had 110 caps, scoring 10 goals. His record is the eighth highest among Korean footballers, after Cha Bum-kun and Hong Myung-bo (136 caps), Lee Woon-jae (133 caps) and Lee Yong-pyo (127 caps).
Ki captained the national team from the 2015 Asian Cup to the 2018 World Cup. His Asian Cup campaign came to a premature end when he sustained an injury to his thigh in the first group-stage match against the Philippines.
"I hope for the best for the Korean football team. Now I'd like to focus on Newcastle United," Ki said.
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