​Russia midfielder Alexander Samedov has announced that he is retiring from international football after his side's defeat to Croatia in the quarterfinal of the ​World CupSamedov was part of the team that took Croatia to the penalty shootout after equalising late in extra time, but were unfortunately knocked out thanks to two misses from his teammates.


Now Samedov feels it is time to retire from the international team, and give the chance to some of the youngsters to come through.


"I’ve decided that it’s time for me to go. This was my last match for the national team," the 33-year-old footballer said, according to ​TASS.




"I’m a bit disappointed, but we demonstrated that fans can be proud of our team, because we played good football. It’s a pity it ended this way," he said. 


"It’s hard for me to make any comments, I’m disappointed, because we were one step away from the semifinal."


Samedov has played in 53 games for the national team and scored seven goals, but can keep his head high following the team's performances in the world cup. Russia were not even expected to get out of the group stage but they comprehensively beat Saudi Arabia and Egypt to go into the round of 16 second on the table.


They had a memorable win over Spain after seeing them out via another penalty shootout, having kept the scores level at 1-1 after 120 minutes. And while they were more open in attack against Croatia, they couldn't win the shootout lottery for a second time and finally bow out from what has been a fantastic tournament.