Holebas retires to focus on ‘most competitive league in the world’

Jose Holebas has said he has retired from international to concentrate on his club career with Watford.

The left-back announced, to much shock, he was bringing down the curtain on life as a Greece international after winning his 38th cap, against Cyprus this week. Holebas played in two major tournaments for Greece, at Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup, but has decided another shot at qualifying for a World Cup is beyond him just two games into qualification.


It is unclear if being made sub against Cyprus was a factor in his decision, but last year, under Quique Sanchez Flores, showed how unkindly Holebas takes to being unfairly left out. With one year left on his Watford deal next summer, when he will be 33, Holebas appears to have decided which side his bread is buttered and acted with the longevity of his club career in mind. He missed the start of pre-season in the summer because Greece were touring Australia.

“Maybe some of you have already read about my retirement from the Greece national football team in the media and I can confirm that it is true,” he posted on Facebook.


“After 5 years I came to the conclusion that it is time to focus more on my challenges in the most competitive league in the world, the Premier League. It’s been an amazing part of my life with many ups and downs. I will never forget the experiences we’ve had together – especially in #Brazil2014. Thank you so much for all your support.”