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Samir Naik retires from international football

Samir Subash Naik

Dempo SC defender Samir Subash Naik has announced his retirement from international football after representing India for 10 years.

“After representing the country for the last 10 years, I thought the time has come I should give chance to youngsters to prove their mettle on the international stage,” said Samir in a statement to the ‘Hindustan Times’. “The thought of retirement was playing in my mind for quite sometime, but I always wanted to quit on a high.”

“Now that my club Dempo SC has emerged champion in this edition of the I-League, I thought this is the best occasion to announce my retirement,” Samir added.

Samir earned his debut call-up to the senior Indian national team under Englishman Stephen Constantine in 2002 and he has represented the country in 39 matches. The 32-year-old defender has won the 2002 LG Cup in Vietnam, the 2007 & 2009 Nehru Cup, 2008 AFC Challenge Cup and the 2011 SAFF Cup with Team India.