Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper has confirmed that Yaser Kasim has taken the decision to call it quits on his Iraq career and retire from international football.
The midfielder has been hogging the headlines in his home country the past week after refusing to play in Iraq’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Thailand, prompting a plethora of wild speculation to start circling the net.
Initial reports suggested that the 24-year-old had grown tired of the lack of organisation the Iraq FA have become famous for, before other news outlets in Iraq began to suggest that Kasim wasn’t in the right frame of mind to play for his country due to being unhappy at failing to earn a Transfer Deadline Day move away from The County Ground.
The whole sorry affair was expected to come to an end today with Iraq media outlet IraqProPlayers expecting a personal statement from Kasim, and while that failed to materialise.
Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper confirmed that his star man has indeed decided to call time on his international career with Iraq.
“He’s been alright, he’s just decided that he’s not wanting to play for his country anymore for whatever reason,” Cooper said.
“I don’t think it helps him flying all the way around the world and coming back on Thursday – it doesn’t help.”
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