Socceroos stalwart has announced his international retirement.
Socceroos legend Mark Bresciano has announced his international retirement following Australia’s 2015 Asian Cup win.
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Bresciano, capped 84 times by his country, played in three World Cups, two Asian Cups, two Confederations Cups and the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
The 35-year-old made the decision to retire last weekend after reflecting on Australia’s Asian Cup win.
“It is with an element of sadness but a lot of pride that I have decided to retire from the Socceroos,” Bresciano said in a statement.
“Playing for my country in the sport I love has been an amazing experience, and something I have cherished but never taken for granted.
“I have been fortunate enough to wear the Socceroo shirt at every major football tournament, meet some tremendous people, shared the highs and lows with some great players, and capped it all off by helping us win the 2015 Asian Cup.”
Bresciano made his national team debut in the 2001 Confederations Cup during a win over reigning world champions France in South Korea.
He went on to score 13 goals for the Socceroos, including the goal that gave his side a 1-0 lead over Uruguay in 2006 World Cup playoff win in Sydney.