Leicester star Christian Fuchs tweets thanks after retirement shock

Leicester City's Christian Fuchs in action with Swansea's Andre Ayew

The defender called time on his international career after Austria disappointined in the European Championships.

Leicester City's Christian Fuchs in action with Manchester United's Antonio ValenciaLeicester City's Christian Fuchs in action with Manchester United's Antonio Valencia

Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs has tweeted his appreciation of his time as Austria captain, having retired from international duty earlier on Wednesday.

The former Schalke defender would have been delighted to have won what would seem like an impossible Premier League trophy in his first season in England.

But such is the unpredictability of football, he will have been devastated to see his Austria side desperately disappoint in France, failing to secure a first European Championships win and finishing bottom of a group they were fancied to contest top spot in.

It led the defender to call it a day in international football, having made 78 appearances for his country and scoring one goal. For much of the last few years, Fuchs has been captaining Austria for what was one of the most encouraging periods in recent history.

He had earlier announced his decision on his Facebook page, in a video where he said the "match against Iceland was my last one in red-white-red, I'm very proud of the 10 years I spent with the national team, I did everything with passion."

The 30-year-old was one of a number of Foxes players to receive massive praise as Claudio Ranieri inspired a team that were on the cusp of relegation 12 months earlier to glory. Fuchs featured in 34 matches for Leicester following his free transfer move from the Bundesliga on a three-year deal.

Fuchs' international retirement should have a positive effect on his time at the King Power Stadium, giving him more time to rest during international breaks.

Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel, Christian Fuchs and manager Claudio Ranieri celebrate with the trophy after winning the Barclays Premier LeagueLeicester's Kasper Schmeichel, Christian Fuchs and manager Claudio Ranieri celebrate with the trophy after winning the Barclays Premier League

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