Panaji: India defender Samir Naik on Friday announced his retirement from international football but will continue to play for his local team Dempo SC at the club level for some more years.
"After representing the country for the last 10 years, I thought the time has come I should give chance to youngsters to prove their mettle on the international stage. The thought of retirement was playing in my mind for quite sometime, but I always wanted to quit on a high," 32-year-old Samir said.
"Now that my club Dempo SC has emerged champion in this edition of the I-League, I thought this is the best occasion to announce my retirement," he added.
Samir, who made 39 appearances for India, had his international debut under English coach Stephen Constantine in 2002, and since then played under many coaches including Bob Houghton, Sukhwinder Singh, Armando Colaco and Savio Medeira.
Samir is the third India player from Dempo who announced quiting international football in recent times after Mahesh Gawli and Climax Lawrence.