Sunday July 13 2014
Fred: 'I quit the Selecao'

Much-criticised Brazil striker Fred announced his retirement from international football after a dismal World Cup.

“For me, the Selecao is finished,” the 30-year-old told reporters.

He scored 15 goals in 33 caps and started every game at this World Cup, but only netted once against Cameroon.

Fred was repeatedly singled out for jeers by the crowd and media, as this week a beached sea lion was even named after the Fluminense striker due to its inability to move.

“I take my part of the responsibility. I wanted to do more, as I was not hurt or suffering from an injury, but I say it is everyone’s fault.

“Football gives you many things and takes a great deal away too. We Brazilians have a nasty habit of finding the scapegoat and looking for someone to crucify for failure.

“We do the same in success, trying to find a ‘God’ to take all the credit. We are a team and we were united to the last minute.”

Not only did Fred call it a day for his Brazil career, he also asked Fluminense for some time off.

“The club offered me a break after the Confederations Cup and I didn’t take it, but now I need time to compose myself and forget everything that happened here.”

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