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Bulgaria captain Dimitar Berbatov has announced his retirement from international football. The Manchester United forward made 74 appearances for his country and scored a record 48 goals.

However, his performances in the team's failed 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africaâ„¢ qualifying campaign drew widespread criticism in his homeland.

Speaking at a press conference in Sofia, he said: 'I came to the decision that as of now I have retired from the national team.

'It wasn't a decision I took lightly and I have reconsidered several times. Everything has a beginning and an end, and that is today.'

The 29-year-old added: 'I feel exhausted and now there are many guys who can emerge from my shadow. For them the moment has come.

'You should always know when to stop. I haven't discussed it with my club team. I guess it will come out in England and Sir Alex (Ferguson) will call me.'

Berbatov broke Bulgaria's all-time goalscoring record previously held by Hristo Bonev with two in November's friendly against Malta.

But he has struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford following his £30.75m move from Tottenham Hotspur in August 2008, scoring just 26 goals in two seasons.