Marquez to quit Mexico
Rafael Marquez has revealed his intention to retire from international football after the World Cup.
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 15/03/10 1:41pm
Rafael Marquez has revealed his intention to retire from international football after the 2010 World Cup.
The experienced centre-half has spent the last 13 years turning out for Mexico, earning 88 caps in the process.
However, at the age of 31, the Barcelona defender feels the time is right to call time on that chapter in his career.
Keen to play on at Camp Nou for as long as possible, Marquez will step aside after leading his country in South Africa this summer.
"Now is the time to move on and give a chance to the younger generation in my country," he said.
"After this summer I will focus all of my attention on Barca.
"My dream is step aside having done really well in South Africa. This will be my third World Cup and that is a special achievement for any player."