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Saturday 21 October 2017

Greece skipper Karagounis calls it a day

Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis has retired from international football following his country's World Cup elimination.

A penalty shoot-out defeat to Costa Rica ended Greece's run in Brazil at the last-16 stage on Sunday night.

Karagounis (pictured) told reporters after the game: "This was my last game for Greece.

"We wanted to stay in Brazil another week or even longer but you can't change it now."

DEFEAT

The defeat ended Greece's bid for another unlikely tournament success following their Euro 2004 triumph.

Karagounis, who ends his international career with 143 caps and 10 goals to his name, and Kostas Katsouranis were the only two survivors from that tournament in the 2014 squad.

"You don't always get such breaks in life but our heads are high," said Karagounis after his side's elimination.

"These games and experiences are a great launching pad for the future."

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