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DIEGO FORLAN RETIRES FROM URUGUAY AFTER COACHING SNUB
Dejected Diego: After not becoming the new manager, Forlan has called it quits for the Uruguay national team.
While Marcelo Bielsa was certainly a well thought-out, internationally experienced choice by the Uruguayan football federation, one man in particular is particularly incensed by his appointment; star striker and national legend Diego Forlan.
The living legend who won the 2010 World Cup Golden Ball was heavily tipped to be the new manager of Uruguay after Oscar Tabarez's resignation. The now Cerezo Osaka attacker has amassed a record 102 caps and scored an impressive 34 goals for La Celeste, but it seems that being snubbed for the coaching post has left Forlan angry; angry enough to retire from international football.
"I am severely disappointed with the choice of the Uruguayan federation in their new manager choice," he said in his statement to the press yesterday. "While Marcelo is in charge, I will not play for the national team. Until things change, I am officially retired from international football."
This will come a severe blow to Uruguay as a whole. Not only does the country lose their figurehead and vice-captain, Bielsa will now have his work cut out to capture the respect of the players now that one of their leaders has revolted. Along with this, despite his age, Forlan is still a very capable striker and will be a missed goalscorer. (Not that Uruguay is lacking in that category with Suarez and Cavani!)
Bielsa hit back quickly at the ex-Atletico Madrid striker, saying, "If he wants to get angry over a job he had no experience with which to get, so be it. If he wants to miss out on being part of the great project I have here at Uruguay, so be it. I want players who are 100% committed to the cause, and evidently Diego is not."
We will see just how united La Celeste are when they take on Egypt in two weeks' time as Bielsa prepares to choose his first 23 man squad, and one of Uruguay's first squad's with Diego Forlan in a long, long time.