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Zyryanov retires from international football

December 17, 2012
By ESPN staff

Russia midfielder Konstantin Zyryanov has retired from international football.

Ireland's Keith Andrews fights for the ball with Russia's Konstantin Zyryanov
GettyImagesIreland's Keith Andrews fights for the ball with Russia's Konstantin Zyryanov

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Zyranov, 35, who plays for Zenit St Petersburg, came to the decision after talking it through with Russia manager Fabio Capello.

"I had a chat with the head coach. What's been said will stay between the two of us. All I can say that it was decided I will no longer play for the national team," he told Sovietsky Sport newspaper.

Capello has made drastic changes since taking over from Dick Advocaat as Russia boss in the summer, dropping several veterans in favour of younger players - a policy that may have played a part in Zyranov's decision.

The former Torpedo Moscow man made his Russia debut at the age of 29 in a friendly against Spain in 2006 and won the last of his 52 caps in a 1-1 draw against Poland at Euro 2012.

Zyryanov was part of the Russia side that made it to the semi-finals of Euro 2008 and was also selected in the team of the tournament.