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Russia keeper Malafeev hangs up the gloves

27 August 2012 21:37

Russia goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev has announced his retirement from international football.

In an official statement on the Russian Football Union's website, the Zenit St Petersburg number one cited a need to dedicate more time to his two children as the primary reason behind his decision to step down indefinitely.

"It was a difficult decision to stop my international career from both a professional and human point of view," said Malafeev.

"But it's the only correct decision for my family."

Malafeev has been raising his two children alone since March 2011 when his wife Marina died in a tragic car accident.

The 33-year-old has amassed 28 appearances for the national team and has played in the last three European Championships.

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