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Sports Ivan Rakitic ends international career with Croatia

05:33  22 september  2020
05:33  22 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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ZAGREB, 21 September 2020 – Ivan Rakitic (32) has played his last international for Croatia . The Sevilla midfielder has said goodbye to the Croatia national team, the Croatian Football “Saying goodbye to the Croatian national team is the most difficult decision in my career , but I felt that this

Sevilla midfielder Ivan Rakitic retires from international football after making 106 appearances for Croatia . Born in Switzerland, Rakitic started his career at Basel and represented Swiss national youth teams before opting to switch to his parents' home nation.

Ivan Rakitic in a blue uniform holding a football ball on a field © Provided by The Canadian Press

ZAGREB, Croatia — Ivan Rakitic has decided to end his international career, Croatia’s soccer federation said Monday.

The 32-year-old Rakitic played 106 times for his country in a storied midfield partnership with Luka Modric that lasted for more than a decade.

They were key to Croatia reaching the 2018 World Cup final where it lost 4-2 to France.

Rakitic scored the decisive penalty in shootouts to beat Denmark and host Russia in the first two knockout rounds.

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Ivan Rakitić ( Croatian pronunciation: [ǐʋan rǎkititɕ]; born 10 March 1988) is a professional footballer who plays as a central or attacking midfielder for Spanish club Sevilla and the Croatia national team. Rakitić started his professional career at Basel and spent two seasons with them before he was

Player stats of Ivan Rakitic (FC Sevilla) Goals Assists Matches played All performance data. Citizenship: Croatia . Height: 1,84 m. Position: Central Midfield.

“Saying goodbye to the Croatian national team is the most difficult decision in my career,” Rakitic said in a federation statement.

Born in Switzerland, Rakitic started his career at Basel and represented Swiss national youth teams before opting to switch to his parents’ home nation.

He leaves the Croatia squad just nine months before it plays at the postponed 2020 European Championship. Croatia is in a group with England, the Czech Republic and a playoff winner not yet decided.

Rakitic is in his first season back at Sevilla, where he won a Europa League title in 2014 before starting a six-year spell at Barcelona. He scored the opening goal in Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Juventus in the 2015 Champions League final.

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