After hinting strongly that he would be retiring from International football after Serbia’s failure to qualify for Euro 2012, Nemanja Vidic has today confirmed he will not play for his country again.

“After a great deal of thought and with a heavy heart, I have decided the time is right for me to retire from international football,” Vidic told the official site. “I feel, after 10 years of playing for my country, it is the right time for me to stand aside and allow the younger players to come through. I would like to thank all the managers, coaches and players I have played alongside. I have always been very proud to play for Serbia and would like to wish them well in future tournaments.”