Ghana's Asamoah Gyan retires indefinitely from international football

The Al Ain forward claims that it is due to pressure from having missed another crucial penalty for the Black Stars at the 2012 Afcon

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan is taking an indefinite break from international football due to increased criticism following his crucial penalty miss against Zambia in the semi final of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Ghana lost that match 1-0 and also failed to win their third place match against Mali.

Gyan, who also missed a late penalty in the Black Stars’ 2010 World Cup quarter-final loss to Uruguay, has said that his decision was taken along with family members.

"My decision had the full backing of family and friends," read a letter that the striker sent to the Ghana Football Association.

His manager Dentaa also confirmed the decision via his twitter account saying: "It's a break for a while."

Gyan scored 28 goals in 59 appearances for the Black Stars and holds the record for the first goal ever scored by Ghana at the World Cup.

In 2008, Gyan and his brother Baffour left the Black Stars camp during the Afcon on home soil following similar backlash from media and fans, but it took inspirational captain Stephen Appiah and officials to save the situation.

He is currently on loan to Al Ain from Premier League side Sunderland.