Ljungberg Retires From Sweden

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West Ham winger Freddie Ljungberg has retired from the Swedish national team in an attempt to prolong his club career…

The 31-year-old was arguably among his country’s most disappointing performers at EURO 2008, the skipper failing to fire as his side crashed out at the first hurdle.

The tournament has already seen the end of some glorious international careers, with French duo Lilian Thuram and Claude Makelele calling it quits after les Bleus’ were culled from Group C.

And Ljungberg has followed suit, insisting the arduous task of juggling commitments to both club and country have worn him down.

"The simple fact is the physical strain of playing on the national team and in club football for such a long time has finally taken its toll," Ljungberg wrote in a letter posted on the Helsingborg Dagbladet website.

"And that is why I have decided to concentrate on playing for West Ham United and that is where my focus will be."

The announcement brings an end to Ljungberg’s 10-year international career, which saw him represent his country at two World Cups and three European Championships.

The former Arsenal man praised the fans for making his time with Sweden so memorable, saying: "I can honestly say that I have loved every match, especially the outstanding support that you the fans have always given us players.

"I will carry on playing football at the highest level in the Premier League for several more years and I love this sport more than anything."

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