Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure returns to Ivory Coast national team squad
Posted: 20 March 2018 Time: 15:00
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has officially come out of international retirement after being included in the latest Ivory Coast national team squad.
Toure, 34, initially hung up his boots with the Elephants after their triumphant 2015 Africa Cup of Nations campaign but spoke of his desire to return to the fold in December.
And now after failing to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the City midfielder's vast experience has been cited as the perfect addition to the youthful squad in process of building towards the future.
The Ivorian Football Federation [FIF] confirmed the news for the latest squad to face Togo and Moldova this week.
"The federation had a good discussion with Yaya Toure about the two friendlies and he gave his commitment to be in France before his inclusion," a top FIF official told BBC Sport.
"It's also a big boost for the team ahead of important qualifiers for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
"He loves his country and many people revere him for his contributions, we are just happy to have him back in the team again."
Toure amassed 100 caps for the West African nation after making his debut in 2004.