Socceroo Brett Holman will not make a second World Cup appearance after announcing his retirement from international football, effective immediately, on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old attacking midfielder has not featured in the green and gold since the appointment of coach Ange Postecoglou last October and has decided to call time on his international career after 63 appearances for Australia. Despite not playing since the change of coaches, Holman was called up to the squad that played Ecuador in a recent friendly but was an unused substitute and it's understood that he was not assured of making the provisional 30-man squad for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Holman says he will focus on his club commitments in the UAE where he is contracted until the end of the 2014-15 season.
“Over the past six months, circumstances have led me to re-think my international career and I have made the difficult decision to step aside from my role with the Socceroos. My priorities lie with my young family, and my focus from now on will be with my club Al Nasr. I’ve enjoyed a lengthy and challenging season in the Middle East, and the league over here continues to go from strength to strength. It has been a great honour and privilege to play for Australia, and to represent one’s country is every footballer’s dream. I am proud of my achievements and I take with me many happy memories of my time with the national team.
“Growing up in Croydon Park, I would never have imagined scoring twice in a World Cup. The players that I’ve played with and the staff of the Socceroos have been fantastic and I have made some great friendships that I’ll have for a lifetime. I’d like to wish the current playing group every success, and I look forward to seeing them do the whole nation proud in Brazil and beyond. Finally, I’d like to thank my mum and dad who have supported and inspired me from day one, as well as my wife and kids who are always there for me.”