Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure has confirmed that he is to retire from international football.
The Manchester City star, who has represented the Elephants on 102 occasions, scoring 19 goals, revealed the decision on social media on Tuesday:
The 33-year-old’s finest moment with the national side came in 2015, when he led the team to glory in the Africa Cup of Nations, beating Ghana via a penalty shootout in Equatorial Guinea.
Yaya’s official statement reads:
“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.”