Swiss goalkeeper Diego Benaglio has announced his retirement from international football. The 30-year-old wants to dedicate more time to his family and focus on his club Wolfsburg after ending his eight-year involvement with the Switzerland national team.
Benaglio made 61 appearances for his country, including four at this summer's FIFA World Cup™.
"On the one hand, I'm not the youngest any more and I would also like to concentrate on my duties with Wolfsburg," Benaglio told vfl-wolfsburg.de. "On the other hand, I would like to spend more time with my family.
"I may still be fully healthy, but now I am over 30, it takes me a lot longer to recover than it used to do."
Benaglio has been the undisputed first choice for both club and country since UEFA EURO 2008, but he believes it will not be too difficult for current Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic to replace him.
"We've got a great group and the Swiss team has a lot of quality and potential in the goalkeeper position," he said. "The fact two more of our goalkeepers have moved to Bundesliga sides this summer demonstrates that."
Yann Sommer, who has just moved from Basel to Borussia Monchengladbach, is likely to become Benaglio's successor.