Christian Fuchs announces retirement from international football

Following a hugely disappointing showing at Euro 2016, the Austrian skipper retires from national duty with immediate effect.

Christian Fuchs announces retirement from international football
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Austrian defender Christian Fuchs has announced his retirement from international football with immediate effect.

The Austria captain and Leicester City full-back has elected to call time on his career for Das Team, following another deflating show by his country on their return to major tournament competition.

As second-best qualifiers for the European Championships in France, Marcel Koller's men failed once again to progress from the group stages, scoring a solitary goal and recording just the single point also. For Koller, the decision of who to promote from within his ranks must now be taken.

Fuchs calls time after a decade

For Fuchs, the decision to retire brings down the curtain on a decade-long career for his country, despite still being the relatively tender age of 30.

Born in Neunkirchen in the east of the country, Fuchs made his international debut on 23 May 2006 as a substitute against Croatia. In 2010, Fuchs was named captain in the stead of the injured Marc Janko.

Following Koller's appointment in 2011, the defender was installed as as permanent skipper less than 12 months into the Swiss' tenure.

Fuchs amassed 78 caps, with just the one goal. 

David Alaba may take over the armband for Austria (photo:getty)
David Alaba may take over the armband for Austria (photo:getty)

'Very proud of the 10 years'

Speaking on Tuesday of his decision, Fuchs stated (via SkySports): "The game against Iceland was my last in red-white-red." Fuchs continued, "I am very proud of the 10 years that I have spent with the national team. I did everything with passion and, as I said, I am very, very proud."

There a few main candidates to take over the armband for Austria. Aleksandar Dragovic and Marko Arnautovic have been the driving force for Austria for a the last few years. More likely and despite a poor tournament, the versatile David Alaba is being tipped to take over the red and white armband.