Yaya calls time on Elephants career
Posted: 20 September 2016 Time: 15:18
Yaya Toure announced his decision to retire from international football on Tuesday, ending a 14 year career with the Ivory Coast that included three World Cup finals appearances and an African Nations Cup title.
“It was a difficult decision to make but I must pass the baton to the youth. After 14 years with the Elephants I must now terminate my adventure with the Ivory Coast national team. I thank all the supporters, all my fans,” he tweeted (@YayaToure).
The 33-year-old from Manchester City had not played for his country since victory in last year’s Nations Cup finals in Equatorial Guinea when he won his 102nd cap in the deciding match against Ghana in Bata.
He asked for time off from international duty after but in March agreed to return, only to then change his mind.
Toure’s decision comes as his club career sits in some flux with his future at the English league leaders in some doubt after failure to play so far this season.