Ouaddou retires from international football
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Veteran defender Abdeslam Ouaddou of Morocco and French club Nancy has announced his retirement from international football.

The 31-year-old - capped 60 times and a member of the side that reached the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations final - said that it had been a difficult decision to take.

"This decision was very difficult because to play for one's country gives one enormous pride and is an honour," he said.

"However, after 12 years in the national team it is time for me to leave the door open to younger players and to devote myself entirely to my club."

Ouaddou, who made his international debut in 2000, began his career at Nancy before enjoying spells with Greek giants Olympiakos and Barclays Premier League side Fulham.