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Kolo Toure announces retirement from Ivory Coast national team

Posted: 15 February 2015 Time: 09:19

Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure has officially announced his retirement from international football.

The Liverpool centre-back’s announcement comes just a week after helping his national side to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

“It is with great emotion that I inform you that I am going to step back. It is a very difficult decision to take as I love my country and especially love football. But at some point, there comes a time to stop,” Kolo told national TV RTI.

The 33-year old also took the opportunity to divert the attention to what he has labelled his “successor”.

“I am going to introduce my successor at the heart of the defence to you. He is tough. This is Ousmane Viera Diarrassouba, the new boss of the defence. He is my successor,” he added.

Kolo, the older brother to Manchester City midfielder and Ivory Coast captain Yaya, served The Elephants for almost 15 years ago and featured in seven Afcon tournaments and three World Cup finals, winning over 110 caps in the process.

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