Mile retires from Qantas Socceroos

Mile Sterjovski has today announced his retirement from international football after he missed out on selection in the Qantas Socceroos preliminary 31 man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

 

Mile Sterjovski has today announced his retirement from international football after he missed out on selection in the Qantas Socceroos preliminary 31 man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Sterjovski, was has played 43 times for Australia said the main reason for his decision was to spend more time with his wife and two young sons.

“I think I've had a good 10 years with the Qantas Socceroos and I-m really proud of my achievements but I think it-s time to concentrate on my family and also Perth Glory,” Sterjovski said.

The star forward says playing at the 2006 FIFA World Cup was his greatest highlight while his favourite goal was his strike against South Africa in London.

“I-m relieved I got to play in a World Cup because a lot of players don-t get that chance and at least I can step down with great memories from Germany.

“For this World Cup I just wish the players all the very best and I-ll be supporting them 100%.”

The 30 year old will now focus on helping Perth Glory win their first Hyundai A-League title.

Fact File Qantas Socceroos Playing Position Right Midfielder Appearances 43 Goals 8 Debut Match v Scotland (W2-0), Glasgow, November 2000 Last Match v Indonesia (W1-0), Asian Cup qualifier, Brisbane, March 2010 Hat-tricks 3 goals v Tahiti (W9-0), Adelaide, May 2004

Major Honours Achieved 1999 World Youth Championships (Nigeria) 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup (Korea/Japan) 2006 FIFA World Cup (Germany) 2007 Asian Cup
 

 

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