Zlatan Ibrahimovic, euro2016.jpg
A file picture dated 16 June 2016 shows Swedish player Zlatan Ibrahimovic during a training session of Sweden at Stade Municipal de Toulouse in Toulouse, France.

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech are the most prominent players who have ended their international career after Euro 2016 while a large number of others are leaving their future open.

Neither veteran goalkeepers Shay Given of Ireland and Iker Casillas of Spain nor Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger or Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky have revealed whether they plan to continue playing for their country or not.

Ibrahomovic announced before Sweden's last group game against Belgium that he would quit, and that game Sweden lost 1-0 was his last as he departed France as Sweden's record goal scorer with 62 in 116 caps, but no goal at Euro 2016.

"After 15 years it had to come to an end," the new Manchester United hiring Ibrahimovic said, while coach Erik Hamren readily admitted: "We’ll never find a new Zlatan. He is unique."

The 34-year-old Czech stalwart Cech meanwhile took two weeks before declaring the "definite" decision to quit as well after 124 games since 2002.

"I don't want to face a situation in which I have to say after half of (World Cup 2018) qualifiers that I am tired," Cech said.

Also quitting, more surprisingly, after the group exit was Austria captain Christian Fuchs from Premier League champions Leicester City, with family reasons reportedly the motive to end the international career at age 30.

"I did everything with pure passion and am very proud," Fuchs said in a short video message.

Spain could see the end of an era but neither the 35-year-old reserve man Casillas nor playmaker Andres Iniesta have said whether they will retire, just as national icon Xavi did after the poor 2014 World Cup campaign.

The same applies to Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski, both on the team since 2004 with more than 100 caps each, after Germany's semi-final exit against France.

Podolski is nothing more than a reserve player while the 31-year-old Schweinsteiger remains a team leader but came to France from yet another long injury layoff.

"I was happy to be here at all," he said, adding that he hasn't thought about his future because "I tried to put all my energy into the tournament."

The even more injury-prone Rosicky is also yet to make a decision, just as 37-year-old Iceland legend Eidur Gudjohnsson and Ireland captain Robbie Keane.

Others meanwhile appear set to continue despite old age by footballing standards.

Italy's 35-year-old defender Andrea Barzagli had planned to quit but was convinced by new coach Giampiero Ventura to continue.

And French veteran Patrice Evra, also 35, appears set to play on even if France lift the trophy late Sunday, as he compares himself with some famous figures of the past who played until their late 30s or longer.

"My role models are (Javier) Zanetti, (Paulo) Maldini, (Ryan) Giggs. I am still young," Evra said.

Latest news

Messi's last minute penalty saves Barcelona from shock draw

Barcelona beat Leganes 2-1 with a last minute penalty from Lionel Messi in the Spanish first division on Sunday.

At least 30 injured after explosion in Bogota

A explosion in the Macarena area of Bogota injured at least 30 people on Sunday, many of them police officers who were guarding a bull running through the streets of the Colombian capital.

Vojvodina institutions hold conference on Bunjevci's non-Croat ethnic background

There are around 16,000 members of the Bunjevci community in Vojvodina who deny their Croat ethnic background. They are represented by the Bunjevci National Council which enjoys the support of state authorities, and, since the change of government in Vojvodina, of the provincial authorities as well.

SpaceX rocket blasts off from historic launch pad en route to ISS

A commercial rocket built by SpaceX is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) with a load of research equipment, cargo and supplies, NASA said Sunday.

Defence deals worth 1.2 billion dollars announced at key UAE show

Deals worth nearly 4.4 billion dirhams (1.2 billion dollars) were reached at a major defence show that opened Sunday in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), an official said.

Thousands protest in Malta against controversial press law reforms

Thousands of people attended a demonstration in Malta on Sunday, answering a call by the main opposition party to protest against what it described as a threat to democracy and freedom of expression.

London's mayor calls for Trump's state visit to be cancelled

US President Donald Trump should be denied a state visit to Britain due to his "cruel and shameful" immigration policies, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Sunday.

'Now more than ever': US scientists gird for confrontation with Trump

Normally any annual gathering of American scientists is relatively non-political. But, with Donald Trump in the White House, things are different at this year's meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Many researchers are worried about their future and are urging colleagues to protest - and remain vigilant.

Int'l conference on post-war monuments in post-communist Europe held in Zagreb

The event was organised by the Zagreb-based association SF:ius in cooperation with the Croatian chapter of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).

Serbians wouldn't go to war for Kosovo - poll

A majority of citizens in Serbia wouldn't go to war to claim back Kosovo, shows a survey conducted by the Serbian nongovernmental organisation "Belgrade Centre for Security Policy".

Grabar-Kitarovic, Lavrov find solution to air pollution caused by Bosanski Brod oil refinery

Croatia and Russia have found a solution for the problem of air pollution caused by a Russian-owned oil refinery in Bosanski Brod, northern Bosnia and Herzegovina, which has been poisoning residents of Slavonski Brod, a town across the Sava River in Croatia, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said in Munich on Sunday.

Istria border police discover 20 migrants in van

During routine border control, police in the northern Croatian Adriatic region of Istria on Saturday discovered 20 migrants in a van driven by a Croatian national, the Ministry of the Interior said.