Gonzalo Higuain: Chelsea and Argentina striker retires from international duty

Gonzalo Higuain
Higuain scored on his Argentina debut in 2009 against Peru

Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain says his retirement from international football with Argentina will be "to the joy of many people".

Higuain, 31, won 75 caps for his country, scoring 31 goals, but has not featured since the 2018 World Cup.

He was part of the Argentina teams that lost three major finals and has often been criticised for his performances in international football.

"People remember the goals I missed and not the ones I scored," he said.

Speaking to Fox Sports, he added: "I'm sure everyone celebrated the goal against Belgium [the winner in the 2014 World Cup quarter-final].

"When you criticise someone maliciously it hurts everyone. I saw how much my family suffered, but I gave everything for the national team.

"It's one thing to say that the national team did not achieve our objectives, but when people talk about failure it's very hard."

Higuain, who joined Chelsea on loan from Juventus in January, added: "My cycle with the national team is over, now I'm watching things from the outside, to the joy of many people."

Higuain reached the finals of the 2014 World Cup and the Copa America in 2015 and 2016 with Argentina.

He missed an excellent chance in the 2014 World Cup final defeat to Germany and failed to convert an opportunity in normal time of the 2015 Copa America final loss against Chile before also missing in the penalty shootout.

"I've made the decision because I want to enjoy my family, I want to spend time with my daughter and at the same time I feel that I gave my country everything I could," Higuain said.

"I'm fully focused on my commitment to Chelsea.

"The Premier League is amazing and I really want to enjoy it. It's very competitive indeed."

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