Anas Edathodika retires from international football

Anas Edathodika
Indian defender Anas Edathodika.
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Indian defender Anas Edathodika on Tuesday announced retirement from international football after the country's exit from the ongoing AFC Asian Cup. The 31-year-old defender took to social media to announce his decision.

The Kerala born centre-back earned 19 caps for the Indian national team under Stephen Constantine. He was picked for the national team at the age of 30, debuting in a 3-2 win against Cambodia in March 2017.

Despite his late entry into the Indian team, the Kerala Blasters player managed to create a formidable defensive partnership with Sandesh Jhingan and quickly became the coach's first-choice centre-back.

Injuries have continued to plague the defender's career. In his last appearance for India, Anas picked up an injury and had to be replaced early in the game where India lost 0-1 to Bahrain on Monday.

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