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Giorgos Karagounis has retired

last updated Monday 30th June 2014, 4:04 PM
Fulham midfielderGiorgos Karagounis
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Giorgos Karagounis
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Former Fulham midfielder and Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis has retired from international football following his country's World Cup elimination.

A penalty shoot-out defeat to Costa Rica ended Greece's run in Brazil at the last-16 stage on Sunday night.

Karagounis told reporters after the game: "This was my last game for Greece.

"We wanted to stay in Brazil another week or even longer but you can't change it now."

The defeat ended Greece's bid for another unlikely tournament success following their Euro 2004 triumph.

Karagounis, who ends his international career with 143 caps and 10 goals to his name, and Kostas Katsouranis were the only two survivors from that tournament in the 2014 squad.

"You don't always get such breaks in life but our heads are high," said Karagounis after his side's elimination.

"These games and experiences are a great launching pad for the future. They will help keep the team on this level, something not always easy. We are Greece after all, we don't have many means.

"The national team has grown up, younger players have won invaluable experiences.

"This is no small thing and as we helped the team come of age we hope it will continue to be as successful in the future."

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