Vanguard (Lagos)

10 August 2014

Cote d'Ivoire: Drogba Drops Elephants Responsibility for Chelsea

Didier Drogba announced his retire-ment from international football on Friday - after 12 years of playing for Cote'd Ivoire Drogba, recently returned to Chelsea and it is believed that he quit international football to concentrate on his club career.

The 36-year-old is Ivorian all-time record goalscorer with 65 goals in 104 appearances. Cote'd Ivoire recently appointed Harve Renard as coach and are eying the African Nations Cup, which eluded Drogba through his time with the Elephants.

'It is with much sadness that I have decided to retire from international football,' the statement on Drogba's official Twitter account read.

'These past 12 years in the national team have been full of emotions. From my first call up to my last match I have always tried to give my best for my country.'

He added: 'I am very proud to have been captain of this team for 8 years and to have contributed to placing my country on the world stage of football taking part in 3 World Cups and 2 African Cup of Nations finals.'

Drogba also thanked the fans, who he dedicated his international goals to, and expressed his gratitude to his teammates and the side's new manager, Herve Renard, in the statement.

Drogba recently signed a one-year contract with Premier League side Chelsea - two years after he left the club - following his departure from Turkish giants Galatasaray at the end of last season.

Chelsea captain John Terry said Drogba is still a "nightmare" to play against. Terry approves of Drogba's return to Stamford Bridge on a one-year deal and insists he continues to show the combative spirit that marked his first eight-year spell at the club.

"Didier's still the same. He's been a nightmare to play against in training. He's still physically strong, sharp and hungry as well," Terry told Chelsea TV.

"It's important Didier is here because he brings that mentality of wanting to win every day and that rubs off on people like Kurt Zouma and the other young players he's playing against."

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