South Korea captain Park Ji-sung will retire from international duty after the Asian Cup next month.
The 29-year-old Manchester United midfielder continues to be an integral part of Sir Alex Ferguson's plans at the club.
He underlined his importance to the Red Devils once again recently by scoring the winner against Arsenal.
His last two campaigns at United have been interrupted by injuries - picked up on international duty - and the move is designed to elongate his club career.
"Ji-sung said before the South Africa World Cup that the Asian Cup would be his last," his father Park Sung-jong told The Korea Times.
"Now, ahead of the Asian Cup, there is no reason for him to change his mind."
Park made his debut for the national team at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and has amassed over 90 caps since, but he now feels it is time to make way for younger players.
Most notably, he feels Bolton's Lee Chung-yong and Celtic's Ki-Sung-yong have the ability to become his country's key men.
"Ji-sung said, 'When I retire, players like Chung-yong will appear. They don't have to think I should still be there'," his father added.
"He also said Korea could still advance to the last 16 with the young players."
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