"My mind, my personality and my pride do not allow me, " to wear the Iranian national team shirt again, Ghoochannejhad said in his Instagram statement.
FILE PHOTO: Iran's Sardar Azmoun (centre) line up before World Cup match against Portugal on June 25 2018 in Saransk. "Unfortunately. I have come to the decision to say goodbye to my national team".
'My mother had overcome a serious illness and I was happy, ' he continued, 'but unfortunately because of the unkindness of some people - and the insults that me and my team-mates in no way deserved - her illness has become severe.
He says this put him in a hard position between global football and his mother. Azmoun is just 23, but announced his decision to retire from global competition on Thursday.
The World Cup returns on Saturday with the Round of 16.