Manchester City and Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure, 33, has announced his retirement from international football.
The Ivory Coast international said in a statement on his website: “Writing this note was probably ‘the most difficult match of my life’. After 14 years at the highest level, I’m sure this is the right time for me! The fact that I am 33 now, the intensity of training and the multitude of games are not the reasons why I am making this decision.”
Toure who has been capped 113 times and scored 19 goals for Ivory Coast before his retirement. He guided his country to win the Africa Cup of nations title in 2015 and also won the African Footballer of the year Awards four consecutive time, in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He was 1st runner-up in 2015.