Ar­gentina’s Mascher­ano opts to re­tire

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

Javier Mascher­ano an­nounced he’s re­tir­ing from the na­tional team af­ter Ar­gentina was elim­i­nated from the World Cup.

The 34-year-old mid­fielder said, “It’s time to say good­bye and for the younger play­ers to step in.”

Mascher­ano, who has played at four World Cups, made his de­but for Ar­gentina in 2003. Eng­land’s Stone back: John Stones is back in train­ing with Eng­land, two days af­ter com­ing off at half­time of the 1-0 loss to Bel­gium at the World Cup be­cause of a calf prob­lem. Swiss for­ward re­turns:

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