Moscow: Following the France defeat, Javier Mascherano retires from international football. The Argentian made 147 appearances for country.
Argentina legend Javier Mascherano has retired from international football after crashing out of the World Cup today.The 34-year-old was powerless as Lionel Messi and Co were beaten 4-3 by France in the last-16 this afternoon.
Just last week former Barcelona superstar Mascherano was reportedly the leader of an attempt to oust boss Jorge Sampaoli followinga 3-0 group humbling by Croatia.
But instead Mascharano himself is the first victim of the fallout from a miserable tournament for the 2014 finalists.
And before Argentina beat Nigeria 2-1 to set up the France clash, the ex-Liverpool midfielder had hinted at issues, both within the camp and personally. Mascherano added then: “As a collective, where things don’t go as we’d like, we all have our own frustrations.”