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Abdeslam Ouaddou ends international career

Morocco's Abdeslam Ouaddou
Morocco's Abdeslam Ouaddou will re-sign for French side Nancy

Morocco defender Abdeslam Ouaddou has announced he is retiring from international football to concentrate on his club commitments.

The 31-year-old, who made his international debut in 2000, won 60 caps for the Atlas Lions.

Ouaddou, a member of the side that reached the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations final, said that it had been a difficult decision to take.

"I've made the decision to quit the international stage," Ouaddou said.

"This decision was very difficult because to play for one's country gives one enormous pride and is an honour.

"However, after 12 years in the national team it is time for me to leave the door open to younger players and to devote myself entirely to my club."

Morocco failed to qualify for this year's World Cup in South Africa.

Ouaddou began his career at French side Nancy before enjoying spells at among other teams Greek giants Olympiakos and English Premier League outfit Fulham.

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