Ognjen Vukojevic announces international retirement

Ognjen Vukojevic of Croatia in action during the World Cup, Group A qualifying football match between Scotland and Croatia at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, on October 15, 2013
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Croatian player Ognjen Vukojevic announces his retirement from international football.

Croatia midfielder Ognjen Vukojevic has announced that he has retired from international football with immediate effect following his side's elimination from the 2014 World Cup.

Vukojevic, who did not play in any of Croatia's three games in Group A, thanked Slaven Bilic and Igor Stimac for their help during his time playing for the nation.

"In this very emotional moment for me, I would like to thank the Croatian Football Federation for everything that was done for the national team, to our loyal supporters that have always stood by our side," Vukojevic said in a statement.

"[I would also like to thank] former managers Bilic and Stimac for everything they have done for the national team and me personally, for all of my teammates with whom I have fought for Croatia's victories, and to the entire Croatian public.

"I will always remember my international career, our national team remains at a special place in my heart. I wish Croatia a successful future, starting at the European Championships 2016."

Vukojevic played 55 times for Croatia.

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