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Frei and Streller retire from national team

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Frei and Streller retire from national team
Reto Stauffer
10:09 CEST+02:00

Switzerland’s all-time top scorer Alexander Frei and FC Basel teammate Marco Streller have quit the Swiss national team after tiring of repeated abuse from fans.

Switzerland have just four points from as many matches in Euro 2012 qualifying, and the departures of two key players leaves team coach Ottmar Hitzfeld with a daunting task when his team face England at Wembley Stadium in June.

Hitzfeld engaged in lengthy discussions with the players before accepting their resignations, according to a statement from the Swiss Football Association.  

The 31-year-old Frei scored 42 goals in 84 games for Switzerland. He has reacted angrily to jeering from supporters during the national team’s poor start in Group G, and had already stated that he would not play any more home games for Switzerland.

“I can say with a clear conscience that I’ve always tried to give my best,” said Frei.

Streller, 29, who netted 12 times in his 37 appearances, shared Frei’s disappointment with some of the team’s supporters as he hung up his international boots.  

“I wish my young colleagues in the national team the best for the future, and hope above all that they have the support of the fans even in difficult times,” said Streller.

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