Didier Drogba retires from international football: Striker calls it a day on Ivory Coast to focus on Chelsea

The 36-year-old recently re-signed for Chelsea

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Didier Drogba has announced his retirement from international football.

The striker, who recently re-signed for Chelsea, has called time on his Ivory Coast career after 104 appearances and a record 65 goals.

"It is with much sadness that I have decided to retire from international football," Drogba said in a statement.

"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]."

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