Chivu calls time on 11-year Romania career

BUCHAREST - Inter Milan defender Cristian Chivu called time on his 11-year Romania career on Saturday after 75 international appearances.

"A pretty tough moment in my life has come... my career as a player under the Romanian flag is over," Chivu, who was captain of the national side, said in a statement posted on the Romanian Soccer Federation's (FRF) website.

In a letter to the FRF, the 30-year-old said: "Age, injuries and surgical interventions I've undergone in the past years prevent me from fighting on more fronts."

Chivu's last international outing was a friendly against Italy last November which ended 1-1.