New Delhi: Ignored for the upcoming AFC Challenge Cup, veteran Indian midfielder Climax Lawrence has announced his retirement from international football and then criticised national coach Savio Medeira who retorted by saying that "a coach cannot tell a player when to retire".
Climax, who led the team to title in the SAFF Championship last December and also in the Asian Cup in Bhaichung Bhutia`s absence in Doha, took the call after he was dropped from the 30-member probables for AFC Challenge Cup.
The 32-year-old was especially disappointed with the way his international career has come to an end.
"A senior player is not treated this way. If I had known something like this would happen, I would have retired after the Bayern Munich match," Climax said.
Medira, however, was unperturbed by Climax`s reaction.
"I got to know about it (Climax`s retirement). But what I say is that a player should know his limitations. A coach cannot tell a player when to retire," Medeira said.
The Goan praised Climax for the services he has rendered to the national team and his clubs for more than a decade.
"I admire him. And I really appreciate his services for the national team and clubs," Medeira said.
The Goan said that he wanted to try out fresh faces in the tournament, to be held in Kathmandu from March.
"I just wanted some fresh faces for the tournament."
Lawrence, who was part of the Indian teams that won two Nehru Cup titles in 2007 and 2009 and the AFC Challenge Cup in 2008, made his international debut in 2002 under then coach Stephen Constantine.
Climax started his career with Salgaocar in 1998 and, after a six-year stint there, moved to East Bengal.
The midfielder joined Dempo in 2005 and has been with them since then.