New Delhi: Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia on Saturday said his ex-colleagues Climax Lawrence and Mahesh Gawli took hasty decisions to retire from international football as he felt that the duo could have served the country for some more years.
Indian football is in a transition period after the retirements of three stalwarts of the game in Bhutia, Climax and Gawli. While Bhutia quit the game last year, playing his farewell match against Bayern Munich in January, Climax and Gawli hung up their boots recently.
"If you ask me personally, I feel Climax and Mahesh should have played for some more years (for India). They had age on their side. They were just 32 and 31 respectively whereas when I retired I was 35," Bhutia said during the unveiling of the UEFA EURO 2012 Trophy at the residence of Denmark Ambassador to India, Freddy Svane here.