Kolo Toure retires … From international footbal

KoloCOTE d’Ivoire defender Kolo Toure has called time on his international career after 15 years of service.

The 33-year-old has decided to bow out on a high after helping the Elephants to African Cup of Nations glory in Equatorial Guinea. The Liverpool defender scored his penalty during the astonishing 9-8 shootout victory over Ghana in last Sunday’s final.

“It is with great emotion that I inform you that it is time to say goodbye,” Toure told TV channel RTI.

“My goal was to win the Africa Cup of Nations and I must admit that it was a very difficult decision to make.

“I do love my country and especially love football, but at some point, there comes a time to stop.”

Toure made his international debut in 2000, amassing over 100 caps for the Elephants and featuring in three World Cups.

— Eurosport

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