Savo calls time on Serbia
By Chris Cummings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Savo Milosevic has announced his retirement from international football.
Serbia & Montenegro striker Savo Milosevic has announced his retirement from international football.
The 32-year-old has made 101 appearances for his country and scored 35 times, for Serbia & Montenegro and Yugoslavia.
The former Aston Villa man has no regrets about quitting international football, after many years as Serbia's main striker.
"Perhaps I could have done better but life has taught me not to have any regrets over what might have been," said Milosevic after the side's 3-2 World Cup defeat to Ivory Coast.
Milosevic currently has one year remaining on his club contract with Osasuna in Spain.
"I have one more year on my Osasuna deal then we will see what happens after that," he explained.
The Serbian striker has been disappointed with his team's performance in Germany after they lost all three of their group games, which included a humiliating 6-0 drubbing by Argentina.
"Unfortunately, the three matches we played in the World Cup did not provide a fitting end to what we have achieved over the past three years," he said.
The final Group C game against Ivory Coast also spelled the end of Serbia & Montenegro as unified footballing nation.
Montenegro voted for independence in May and this means that, come the Euro 2008 qualifiers, Serbia will play as an independent nation while Montenegro are yet to gain international football recognition.
Milosevic believes that the split of the two nations is a huge time in the history of his country but is confident that it will not harm the Serbian team.
"This is the end of an era for our team but I think that Serbian football has a bright future because we have plenty of talent that no-one can take away from us," he opined.
Another Serb to call it a day at international level is Mladen Krstajic, who broke his arm in the game against the Ivorians.