Dimitar Berbatov has today announced his retirement from International football, following Bulgaria’s failure to qualify for the World Cup. He will be 34-years-old the next time the competition comes around and Berbatov has cited ‘fatigue’ as his reason to call it a day.

He has been named Bulgaria’s Footballer of the Year six times in the past eight years, scoring 48 goals in 77 appearances, including goals against Germany and Russia.

“It was a difficult decision but sometimes we have to take difficult decisions,” said Berbatov. “I came to the decision that as of now I have retired from the national team. It wasn’t a decision I took lightly and I have reconsidered several times. Everything has a beginning and an end and that is today. I feel exhausted and now there are many guys who can emerge from my shadow. For them the moment has come. You should always know when to stop. I haven’t discussed it with my club team. I guess it will come out in England and Sir Alex will call me.”