Brazil striker Fred announces international retirement

Fred of Brazil celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Cameroon and Brazil at Estadio Nacional on June 23, 2014
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Brazil striker Fred announces his retirement from international football.

Fred has retired from international football following Brazil's catastrophic exit from their own World Cup.

The 30-year-old striker was the subject of much criticism from Brazilian fans after the host nation's 7-1 semi-final defeat at the hands of Germany.

He has now announced his retirement from the international game after scoring 18 goals in 39 appearances for the Selecao.

Last year at the Confederations Cup, Fred, who plays for Fluminense, won the Silver Shoe award for scoring the most goals (five) as Brazil won the tournament.

Luiz Gustavo, David Luiz, Fernandinho and Dante of Brazil look dejected after a goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match on July 8, 2014
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