Poborsky hangs up his boots
© FIFA.com

The Czech Republic's most capped ever footballer Karel Poborsky retired from the sport on Monday.

The 35-year-old Ceske Budejovice midfielder said he had lost his enthusiasm for the game, which saw him win 118 caps - scoring eight goals and featuring in the UEFA EURO 1996 final as well as the UEFA EURO 2004 semi-finals.

"I made my mind up during the winter break," said Poborsky, who is also president of the First Division club.

"It was becoming more and more difficult to get motivated.

"I have invested in lots of other concerns, and no matter how difficult it is for me to say, I am no longer happy with football," added Poborsky, who ended his playing career with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of one of his former clubs Slavia Prague.

Poborsky, who also played for Manchester United, Benfica, Lazio and Sparta Prague and last month became technical director of the national side, said that he had hugely enjoyed his career.

"I won several national championships, I played in three European Championships finals and one World Cup," said Poborsky, who was part of the squad that failed to live up to expectations at last year's FIFA World Cup finals where they crashed out in the first round.

"I was named best player of my country and my career brought me many happy moments."