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Fellaini retires from international football

The former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has announced his retirement from international football. The 31-year-old , who now plays his club football for Shandong Luneng Taishan in China, has been a regular with the Belgian national team for the past 12 years and has played in 2 World Cups and a European Championships. 

Marouane Fellaini said he had made his decision in order to allow a younger generation the chance of national team glory.    

Fellaini was one of the key player involved in Belgium’s best ever performance at a World Cup Finals when our country’s team came third at last year’s tournament in Russia.  

On the social media platform Twitter Marouane Fellaini wrote "After twelve years of representing Belgium at the highest level, I have decided to retire from senior international football."

The midfielder added that "It has not been an easy decision for me and not one I take lightly however I feel the time is right for me to step down and allow the next generation of Belgian to continue this very successful period in Belgian football history”.