Ex-Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has confirmed his international retirement.
Fellaini announced his retirement from the Belgian national team via a statement on his official Twitter handle thus ending his 12-year spell with the Red Devils of Belgium.
The 31-year-old scored 18 goals in 87 appearances for his country with his last outing coming in the semifinal of last summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.
Marouane Fellaini played for 80 minutes but was unable to prevent the Red Devils from suffering a 1-0 defeat at the hands of eventual champions France.
He was part of the Belgian team that finished in third place at the end of the tournament following the 2-0 win over the Three Lions of Belgium in their third/fourth place playoff.
Marouane Fellaini revealed that his decision to retire was made in a bid to give the younger generation a chance in the national team.
The Belgian midfielder was at Manchester United until January when he moved to Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng in a £10m deal.
He made a scoring debut for the club earlier this month.
Marouane Fellaini sealed a transfer to China after he was deemed surplus to requirements under interim Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.