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Wednesday, 25 April, 2001, 13:58 GMT 14:58 UK
Jokanovic jilts Yugoslavia
Chelsea's Slavisa Jokanovic tackles Thierry Henry of Arsenal
Jokanovic (left) is now free to concentrate on Chelsea
Slavisa Jokanovic is retiring from international football to devote the final years of his career to Chelsea.

The 33-year-old midfielder has announced that the World Cup qualifier against Russia on 25 April will be his last game for Yugoslavia.

Jokanovic, who has so far won 57 caps, said: "I have been in the national team for 10 years - two more if you include the Under-21s.


It is our aim to be serious contenders for the title and end Manchester United's domination
  Jokanovic on Chelsea
"So I think that it is time I gave my place over to a more youthful player."

Jokanovic, who has started nine matches for the Blues since his 1.7m move from Deportivo La Coruna in October, added: "I want to offer to Chelsea the most I can.

"Although this year we are unlikely to qualify for the Champions League, it is our aim to be serious contenders for the title and end Manchester United's domination.

"Everybody in the team is already preparing for that and we are determined to give it our best shot.

"So after the match with Russia, I will only think of Chelsea and hopefully contribute to fulfilling their wishes."

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