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Didier Drogba retires from international football

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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

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