Gonzalo Higuain retires from Argentina’s national team

Chelsea’s Gonzalo Higuain, right, reacts after scoring an offside goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

LONDON (AP) — Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain has announced his retirement from the Argentina national team, citing family reasons.

The 31-year-old Higuain scored 31 goals in 75 international appearances for Argentina, with his last match a 2-1 win over Nigeria in the World Cup last June.

Higuain told Fox Sports: “My time with Argentina is over. Thinking things through in depth, my time is up. To the delight of many, now I will only look at it from the outside. I have spoken to (manager Lionel) Scaloni and told him my point of view. 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, who has scored three goals in 10 appearances since joining Chelsea on loan from Juventus in January, added: “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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