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Last Updated: Monday, 28 June, 2004, 10:25 GMT 11:25 UK
Sand ends Denmark career
Denmark striker Ebbe Sand
Denmark striker Ebbe Sand is quitting international football following their Euro 2004 exit.

Sand, who missed their 3-0 loss to the Czech Republic with a hamstring injury, wants to concentrate on his club commitments with German side Schalke.

"I've decided to stop playing for the national team because I feel I can no longer juggle both roles," the 31-year-old striker said.

"It is too hard physically and it is not realistic to carry on like this."

Sand battled back from testicular cancer to make his international debut in 1998 and went on to earn 66 caps and score 22 goals for his country.

He had hinted before Euro 2004 the tournament would likely be his last for Denmark, while Danish coach Morten Olsen said he understood his decision.

The forward was part of the side that reached the World Cup quarter-finals in 1998 before losing 3-2 to eventual champions Brazil.

In 1998 Sand was diagnosed with the early stages of testicular cancer but within 20 days of an operation he made his Denmark debut.

Sand, who was named Danish soccer player of the year in 1998 and 2001, began his professional career in Brondby before moving to Schalke in 1999.





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