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Russia's Sergei Ignashevich announces retirement after the World Cup exit



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Russia's most played player Sergei Ignashevich has announced his retirement after the hosts were eliminated from the World Cup in Croatia.

Ignashevich, 38, who spent his career career in Russia, was a key member in his country's run to the quarterfinals, playing in each of his five matches.

He earned 127 caps, scored nine goals and kept record of Russian players' most international performances.

"This was my latest World Cup, my last tournament and the last match of my football career. If it were not for the World Cup, I think I'd have stopped [my career] earlier," said Ignashevich in a video about social media. 19659004] "The World Cup was a strong motivation for me. I feel joy, a sense of peace because I end up with a high note.

"I play at the World Cup. I'm playing a good team with a good coach, a real coach and with players who go all the way to the game."

Ignashevich was one of the successful punishers in the 4-3 shootout defeat to Croatia and were also on target from the spot when they beat Spain against punishment.

"Everything can happen in football. But here nobody was unsatisfied, not in the locker room and not on the plan," he said.

"I'm planning to get a coaching license in December. I'd like to be a coach, a good coach."

Midfielder Alexander Samedov has meanwhile said he ends his international career.

"I've decided that it's time for me to go. This was my last game for the national team," said the news agency TASS, the 33-year-old as said.

"I'm a little disappointed, but we showed that fans can be proud of our team because we played good football.

"It's a shame that it ended in this way. It's hard for me to make any comments. I'm disappointed, because we were one step away from the semifinal."


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