Ivorian Guy Demel retires from international football

The West Ham defender has announced his decision to quit the Elephants less than two months to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations

Cote D’Ivoire international Guy Demel said on Friday he was putting an end to his international career after eight years with the Elephants and 35 caps won.

After playing two Fifa World Cup editions in 2006 and 2010 with the Ivorian national team, the 31-year-old West Ham right back said it was time to pull out and concentrate on his club.

“I showed enough love for my country playing the 2006 and 2010 World Cup tournaments. I feel that is a lot done,” Demel told the Ivorian press agency AIP.

“I wish Cote D’ivoire success at the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations. My focus now will be on my club, because I’m already 31 and need to have a serious eye on my future,” he added.

However, the local media believe the former Borussia Dortmund and Hamburger SV player’s decision stems from his frustration of being a regular substitute in the star studded Ivorian outfit.

Cote D’Ivoire have been pitted against Togo, Algeria and Tunisia in Group D of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations set to kick off on January 19.