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Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010

Park may retire from international soccer

MANCHESTER, England (AP) South Korea midfielder Park Ji Sung is considering retiring from international soccer after the Asian Cup next month.

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End of the road: United and South Korea star Park Ji Sung is considering calling time on his international career. AP PHOTO

The 29-year-old Manchester United player has been balancing commitments to clubs in Europe and South Korea for almost eight years. Before joining United in 2005, Park spent two seasons at PSV Eindhoven.

Asked about retiring, Park said: "For now I can't say anything. Maybe after the Asian Cup I will."

Park will join South Korea as it tries to win the Asian Cup for the first time since 1960 after United plays Sunderland on Sunday.

His four Premier League goals this season — including the winner against Arsenal two weeks ago — have helped lift United to the top of the standings.

"I totally believe we will still be No. 1 when I come back," Park said. "Playing for the national team is an honor but I am going to miss several games, so it is quite disappointing."

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