Chile’s Vi­dal re­tires from na­tional team

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PARIS: Ar­turo Vi­dal says he is re­tir­ing from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball with his “soul crushed” after Chile failed to qual­ify for the 2018 World Cup fi­nals. Vi­dal missed Chile’s fi­nal shot at qual­i­fi­ca­tion on Tues­day through sus­pen­sion, the South Amer­i­can cham­pi­ons los­ing 3-0 to Brazil to miss out on the tour­na­ment in Rus­sia next year on goal dif­fer­ence. Vi­dal, 30, an­nounced his in­ten­tion to step down from the na­tional team on Twit­ter. “Thank you lads, for ev­ery­thing, for all these years to­gether... for teach­ing me and for show­ing a coun­try that with ef­fort and work any­thing is pos­si­ble in life,” the Bay­ern Mu­nich mid­fielder wrote in Span­ish. He said his “soul was crushed” but at the same time spoke of his “pride at play­ers and staff”. Vi­dal with Alexis Sanchez of Ar­se­nal was part of the golden gen­er­a­tion of Chile play­ers that claimed the Copa Amer­ica in 2015 and 2016. Chile, who were beaten by Brazil in the round of 16 at both the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, were soundly beaten again by Brazil in Sao Paulo on Tues­day.

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