Chelsea star threatens to walk away from team

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic has threatened to quit international football after becoming disillusioned with the Serbia national set-up.

The eastern European nation have a host of Premier League players in the midst and an up-and-coming generation of talented stars, but have failed to live up to their reputation.

Matic’s men were not close to qualifying for Euro 2016 next summer, despite the increased number of participating teams, and were beaten comprehensively by the Czech Republic 4-1 on Friday night.

Other Premier League players to step out for the Balkan nation include Branislav Ivanovic, Aleksandar Kolarov and Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Serbia’s disappointment has been made all the worse by other neighbouring countries qualifying for Euro 2016 and last year’s World Cup, while they have missed out.

Despite still only being 27, the Blues enforcer has stated that his time with the national team may well come to an end if there is not a change in attitude in the squad.

“I always try to lead by example but some people don’t want to see that,” The Daily Mail quote Matic as saying.

“The attitude of some players is unacceptable, not just on the pitch but off it, too, and it was obvious from the moment we got together on Monday.

“I told our coach [Radovan Curcic] there is no point in me carrying on with the national team if things don’t change.”