Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder, Yaya Toure has announced his retirement from international football.

Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure

The Ivorian, 33, made his debut for the West African country in 2004, and took a break from the side following their Africa Cup of Nations win in February 2015.

He returned to the squad in March this year, but on Tuesday confirmed he will no longer put himself in contention for selection.

“There are decisions that are difficult to take. But, I have to pass the baton on to the younger [generation],” he said in a statement.

“After 14 years at most levels with the Elephants, I [have] come to the end of my adventure with the Ivory Coast.

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“I thank all the supporters, all my fans.”

Toure, now an outcast at City has found himself down the perking order this season at Manchester City, with new boss Pep Guardiola starting him in just one competitive match.

That came in the second leg of the Champions League play-off against Steaua Bucharest, with City already leading 5-0 from the away fixture and Toure was dropped from City’s champions leaguae squad.


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