Mario Mandzukic retires from international football one month after Croatia’s World Cup final defeat
- Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic has retired from international football
- The announcement comes a month after Croatia lost 4-2 in World Cup final
- He is the country’s second highest goalscorer with 33 goals in 89 appearances
Mario Mandzukic says he is retiring from international football after 11 years with Croatia’s national team.
Mandukic made his decision just a month after their World Cup final defeat to France in which the 32-year-old scored a goal as Croatia lost 4-2.
Mario Mandzukic retires from international football one month after World Cup final defeat
MANDZUKIC’S CROATIA CAREER
Appearances – 89
Goals – 33
Assists – 9
Mandzukic says ‘we lived our dream, made a historic result and felt the love of our fans.’
Mandzukic, who plays for Italian club Juventus, has played 89 games for Croatia, scoring 33 goals – trailing only Davor Suker’s national record of 45.
He started out with the U19 side in 2004 and was called up for his senior debut by Slaven Bilic in 2007 and never looked back.
He played in the 2014 and 2018 World Cup’s, scoring five times in eight games, including one in the final against France.
Mandzukic scored 33 goals in 89 appearances for Croatia including one in 4-2 to France