Asamoah Gyan confesses he 'never fully recovered' from World Cup penalty miss after announcing Ghana retirement

The striker is set to take a break from international football claiming he has never got over missing a last-minute spot-kick in a quarter-final the Black Stars went on to lose
Asamoah Gyan has stated that he "never fully recovered" from his penalty miss for Ghana at the 2010 World Cup after announcing his intention to take a break from international football.

The Ghanaian, who is on loan with Al-Ain from Sunderland, famously missed a penalty in the closing minute of the quarter-final clash with Uruguay after Luis Suarez handballed on the line.

Gyan also recently missed another crucial penalty in the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in a 1-0 loss to Zambia.

The 26-year-old has since announced that he is taking an indefinite break from international football but vows to come back mentally stronger.

"Firstly, it's important I express my sincere apologies to my country," he said on his personal Twitter page. "I never intended to make a decision like this early on in my career.

"Psychologically I am down. As you can imagine it's been very hard for me mentally to miss two important successive penalties for my country.

"And because of this a break to recoup my thoughts and emotions will aid me to come back bigger and mentally stronger.

"I never fully recovered from the 2010 World Cup and now 2012 Afcon. I want my country to know I love playing for them and I wouldn't be who I am without them.

"I would like to ask for prayers and support from Ghanaians to help me to come back with a renewed strength to continue serving my country."

New Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has recently expressed his desire to bring Gyan back since his arrival at the club.