Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 33, has announced his retirement from international football. The Ivory Coast international said in a statement on his website: “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.” Toure has been capped 113 times by Ivory Coast.
Toure made his Ivory Coast debut in 2004, and took over as captain in 2014 from Didier Drogba. Last year he led his country to a first Africa Cup of Nations triumph since 1992. He added in his statement: “I would like to say solemnly that I am stopping. It’s true that I had several titles at clubs, national cups, league trophies. With the Elephants, it was even more special. I learned to win for my country. That’s why I will always retain the pride in having achieved four African Golden Balls for the Ivory Coast.”