Tasnim – TEHRAN, Iran national football team head coach Carlos Queiroz applauded Jalal Hosseini, saying he can be a role model for all the players on and outside the pitch.
Hosseini bade farewell to international football on Sunday.
The Persepolis captain hung up his boots after 11 years in national team. His international career began back in February 2007 when he debuted Team Melli in a friendly match against Belarus.
Hosseini made 116 appearances for Team Melli and scored eight goals. He was a member of Iran national football team in three AFC Asian Cups (2007, 2011, 2015) as well as 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
In a statement posted to his Facebook page on Sunday, Queiroz praised the 36-year-old defender.
“Thank you Jalal for sharing the major part of your international career with Team Melli and with me as the National Team coach. It was a great privilege. I will always remind you as one of the great captains I worked with, as a top competitive professional, a loyal and enormous character and a role model for all the players on and outside the pitch. More than setting these impressive 116 caps for Team Melli, you set a fantastic career example for the Iranian football and all those who come after you. It was an honor to witness this. Thank you,” Queiroz wrote.