Samuel Eto’o to wind down international career in 2014

The Anzhi Makhachkala striker says he is considering his future with the Indomitable Lions and will likely put an end to his active role within the outfit in 2014

After 15 years and more than 100 appearances with Cameroon since 1997, Samuel Eto’o is contemplating retirement from international football.

The team’s all time top scorer with 53 goals told state newspaper Cameroon Tribune on Thursday that he would assess his physical form after the 2014 World Cup and decide his future role with the four-time African champions.

“At the moment, my dream is to contribute to rebuilding the national team and help book a place at the 2014 World Cup and put up a remarkable outing to efface the memories of our 2010 debacle,” the four-time African footballer of the year said.

“Thereafter, I will sit down and check my physical form and decide whether to continue or step down from the team. And if I have to continue that means I’d be playing say 20 to 30 minutes to accompany the younger generation and cease to be active as I have always been. However, the technical staff will have to decide whether I’m still fit to play for them or not,” he said.

Eto’o won the 2000 and 2002 Africa Cup of Nations titles with Cameroon as well as the Olympic Gold Medal in 2000.