Drogba: I will quit international football after World Cup 2014

The Ivory Coast captain says that he is living in the twilight of his international career and will finally hang up his boots after the tournament in Brazil two years from now

Ivorty Coast captain Didier Drogba has revealed that intends to retire from international football after World Cup 2014.

The 34-year-old believes that, since winning the Champions League with Chelsea, he now has little to achieve in the footballing world, with a lasting impact for the Elephants the only task left.

At a press conference in Abidjan on Thursday ahead of the qualifier against Tanzania, Drogba said that he would do his best to help the team reach Brazil 2014 and leave a memorable legacy because it will be the last time that local fans will see him in the national jersey.

“I’m certainly living my last days with the national team, and the match against Tanzania on Saturday will be one of my last games here at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium,” he said.

“However, I’ll do my best to leave something memorable for fans, and after World Cup 2014, I think I’ll be quitting international football for good.”

The striker also revisited their failure to win the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, which Zambia scraped on penalties.

He added: “It’s true winning the Champions League with Chelsea brought much joy to Ivorian fans, but it cannot blot out the nightmare of February 12 in Libreville [Gabon], the day we bitterly lost the 2012 Afcon to Zambia. It is still very fresh and hurting.

"We hope to make up for it in the upcoming edition."