Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Around 150 people killed in suspected boko haram attaks in NE NIgeria

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

"Hands off 'Les Guignols'"

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Egypt cracks down on media

Read more

THE DEBATE

Egypt at daggers drawn (part2)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Egypt at daggers drawn (part1)

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

At least 7 killed in clashes as Burundi awaits vote results

Read more

FOCUS

Millions affected by Boko Haram's mass violence

Read more

ENCORE!

Winehouse doco traces singer's tragic demise

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'IS group's caliphate is here to stay'

Read more

Sports

Didier Drogba retires from international football

© Photo: AFP / Stan Honda

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-08-08

Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba announced his retirement from international football Friday after 12 years of playing for his country, scoring 61 goals in 108 appearances.

“It is with much sadness that I have decided to retire from international football," the 36-year-old said in a statement posted on his website.

Drogba, who returned to his former club Chelsea on a free transfer this summer, played in three World Cups for Ivory Coast, most recently in Brazil this summer. He also played in two editions of the African Cup of Nations.

The two-time African Footballer of the Year has captained the national team for the past 8 years.

“I cannot convey enough thanks to the fans for all the love and support during these years. All my goals, all my caps, all our victories are for you – I love you,” said Drogba.

"I also owe much gratitude to my team mates – the players with whom I have shared all these emotions and I wish you all much success for the future.”

(FRANCE 24 with AP, REUTERS)

Date created : 2014-08-08

  • CAN 2013

    ‘We’re the favourites,’ Drogba says of Africa Cup

    Read more

  • Football

    Ex-Chelsea star Drogba signs deal with Chinese club

    Read more

  • CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    Drogba exorcises Africa Cup agony with shootout win

    Read more

COMMENT(S)