Veteran Swedish soccer player Sebastian Larsson, 36, announced today, Friday, his retirement from international football, after a busy career with his country over 13 years, during which he played 133 matches.
Larsson said today that the decision to retire was one of the most difficult decisions of his career.
But he confirmed the end of his career with the Swedish national team after five participations with the team in the European Championships and the World Cup.
Larsson, who currently plays for the Swedish club AEK, led his country in the recently concluded European Nations Cup “Euro 2020”, after the absence of the main captain, Andreas Granqvist, due to injury.
Larsson comes third, jointly with goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson, in the list of the most participating players with the Swedish national team in international matches throughout history, and they are only surpassed by goalkeeper Thomas Ravelli (143 games) and midfielder Anders Svensson (148 games).
The veteran striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, AC Milan, has the largest number of international matches with the Swedish national team among the currently active players.
Ibrahimovic has played only 118 international matches with the Swedish national team so far, as the injury prevented him from participating with the team in Euro 2020, knowing that he returned from retirement before the tournament.