Manchester City’s Yaya Toure has announced his retirement from international football after 113 games for the Ivory Coast.
He told social media: “Thank you to the Elephants! The writing of this note is without doubt one of the most difficult of my life. After 14 years at the highest level, I’m sure it’s the right time for me.
“Football is everything to me. It has given me so many things in my career but now I don’t feel able to set new goals as a player with the Elephants of Côte d’Ivoire.”
Toure has not featured for Manchester City this season since the arrival of Pep Guardiola and was left out of City’s Champions League squad.
On the same day, City manager Pep Guardiola has said he wants an apology from Toure’s agent – who criticised Toure’s omission from the Champions league squad – before he will consider picking him again.