Ivorian footballer and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 33, has announced his retirement from international football. Manchester City midfielder Toure has decided to end a 14-year career playing for Ivory Coast as he battles to regain his place at the Etihad Stadium.

“Some decisions are difficult to take but it is time to pass things on to other players.

“I thank all my supporters and my fans.”

The former Barcelona star is currently trying to force his way back into the first team picture after being snubbed by new manager Pep Guardiola.

Toure has been left out of City’s Champions League squad this season as Guardiola opted to go for players with more industry.