Football going to lose its another warrior

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Javier Mascherano announces he will retire from international duty with Argentina following World Cup 2018.

Javier Mascherano has announced that he will retire from international football following next summer’s World Cup.

Argentina qualified for Russia 2018 by the skin of their teeth earlier this week after going a goal behind in their crucial clash with Ecuador, before Lionel Messi saved the day. Defeat would have resulted in Argentina missing out on qualification.

Barcelona star Mascherano, who was a World Cup finalist in 2014, has revealed that he is ending his international career once this campaign is over. He will play his final games for his country in Russia next summer if he is selected for the squad.

Speaking to Sport, Mascherano said: “For a lot of people the story could have finished today, but thanks to god it was not like this. If I get to Russia, that will be the end. I know that for sure.”

He further said that he want to make the World cup in Russia equally remarkable than the last one in 2014, hosted by Brazil.

“We have the chance to dream. It’s a World Cup and we can remember how we played in Brazil. We have to prepare in these seven or eight months to arrive in the best form possible, and we’ll try to do it.”