Filed: Saturday, 28th June 2008
By: Staff Writer
Freddie Ljungberg has announced his retirement from international football in order to 'concentrate on playing for West Ham United'.
The 31-year-old winger led his nation to a disappointing early exit from Euro 2008 and says that he has taken the decision in order to focus on his club career.
In a letter to local newspaper Helsingborg Dagbladet, Ljungberg wrote:
"The simple fact is that the physical strain of doubling on the national team and in club football for such a long time has finally taken its toll. That is why I have decided to concentrate on playing for West Ham United - and that is where my focus will be.
"I can honestly say that I have loved every match, especially the undying support that the fans have always given us players. I will carry on playing soccer at the highest level in the Premier League for several more years as I love this sport more than anything."
Ljungebrg has continuously been linked with a move away from the Boleyn this summer, although both the player and his agent insist that nothing is further from their minds. The Swede made 29 appearances for the Hammers last season, his first at the club since moving from Arsenal.
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