Toure retires from international football
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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has announced his retirement from international football for Ivory Coast at the age of 33.
Toure made his debut for his country back in 2004 and has been captain since 2014 when he took over the armband from former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, but he's decided to call it a day after amassing 113 caps.
He 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.
"I would like to say solemnly that I am stopping!!! It’s true that I had several titles at clubs, national cups, league trophies. I played in Belgium, Ukraine, Greece, France and in Spain where I was able to win the prestigious Champions League with Barca in 2009 and also in England, where I continue to play.
"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."
Toure's best moment playing for his country came last year when he led them to African Nations Cup glory in Equatorial Guinea.