Park retires from internationals

South Korean midfielder Park Ji-Sung will retire from international football effective immediately.

Park’s retirement was announced by his national team coach, Cho Kwang-Rae, on Friday after South Korea beat Uzbekistan 3-2 in the Asian Cup’s third place play-off match.

Park, 29, took no part in the match on doctor’s advice and will end his national career with exactly 100 caps while his national teammate, 33-year-old defender Lee Young-Pyo, has also played his last match of international football.

“I would like to say something about Park Ji-Sung and Lee Young-Pyo,” Cho said after the match.

“From today they are going to be retired from their national football careers. I want to say they did a remarkable job for Korean football and I want to say I have loved working with them.”

“It would be better if I could keep both of them in the national team but they have done an excellent job in international football and I’m sure the Korean fans would like to congratulate them for all their hard work. There are also many new players coming through.”

Park’s retirement will come as no surprise and he will hold a press conference in Seoul on Monday to explain the reasons for his retirement.