Silva ends international career
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Portsmouth's Uruguayan striker Dario Silva has retired from international football.
Portsmouth's Uruguayan striker Dario Silva has announced his retirement from international football.
The decision comes less than a week after the South Americans missed out on World Cup qualification, losing a two-legged play-off to Australia.
Silva had intended to retire after the 2006 finals but, after the failure against The Socceroos, he has now followed in the footsteps of team-mate Paolo Montero who also stepped aside earlier this week.
And despite agonising over the decision, the 33-year-old believes his country's future is in safe hands.
"It would have been nice to play my last game in the World Cup," confirmed Silva to Las Voces del Futbol.
"But we didn't qualify and it has hit me hard.
"Uruguay have a lot of young good players and they will defend Uruguayan colours in the next few years."
Silva made his international debut in October 1994 and went on to win 46 caps, scoring 14 goals.