Euro 2012 qual. - Carvalho walks out on international football

Wed, 31 Aug 21:16:00 2011

Portugal defender Ricardo Carvalho has retired from international football on ahead of their Euro 2012 qualifier against Cyprus, with state news agency Lusa quoting him as saying he was "disrespected" before he abandoned the squad's training camp.

Portugal's Ricardo Carvalho (front) runs during a training session in Obidos August 31, 2011 - 0

The Portuguese FA earlier said the player would not travel to Nicosia for Friday's match after he left the training camp without offering an explanation to the federation or to coach Paulo Bento.

"I feel in full physical and mental form, as I have shown for my club and country, but if I am made to feel unnecessary and am not told so, then the only way is out," Carvalho said in a statement carried by Lusa.

The 33-year-old Real Madrid centre back did not explain what happened at the camp and media reports saying he left because he felt he would not be in the starting lineup were unconfirmed.

No one at the FPF was immediately available to comment.

"Having earned 75 caps and been deeply dedicated in defending the national side's reputation, I have never before felt so disrespected and wounded in my dignity.

"Among my peers I am just another athlete, but like others I deserve consideration and respect," he said.

Carvalho made his debut for Portugal under Luiz Felipe Scolari in 2003 and played in the 2004 and 2008 European Championships as well as the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

At club level, the reliable defender won several titles for Porto and Chelsea before moving to Real last summer.

Portugal are top of Euro 2012 qualifying Group H level with Denmark and Norway on 10 points.

Reuters

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