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Drogba announces international retirement

Didier Drogba has announced his retirement from international football.

Drogba, 36, enjoyed a 12-year career with Ivory Coast and captained his country from 2006 onwards.

He made his debut in 2002 and went on to represent Les Elephants at three World Cup finals', including the most recent tournament in Brazil.

He said: ‘It is with much sadness that I have decided to retire from international football. I am very proud to have been captain of this team for eight years and to have contributed to placing my country on the world stage of football, taking part in three World Cups and two African Cup of Nations finals.

‘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 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 and a very warm welcome to the new manager (Herve Renard).’

In total, Drogba made 104 appearances for Ivory Coast and scored 64 goals.