Yaya Toure is considering whether to retire from international football and has asked to be omitted from Ivory coast’s squad for September’s clash with Sierra Leone. Toure has won 100caps for Ivory Coast and captioned the country to victory in February’s African Nations Cup final for the first time in 23 years.
The 32 year-old midfielder has played in three world cups and six African Nations cup but is now debating whether to carry on representing his country.
Ivory Coast manager Michel Dussuyer has urged the former Barcelona and Monaco player to carry on representing his country.
He told reporters: “Yaya Toure is in a period of reflection about his international future. I hope he will continue”.
Toure has started every game for Premier League leaders City so far this season but manager Manuel Pellegrini has stated he believes his vice captain has had a heavy workload in recent seasons partly because of his commitments for his country.
His older brother Kolo, a former city player who joined Liverpool in 2013, announced his international retirement earlier this year. Yaya and Kolo Toure are two of the only five players who have won 100caps for Ivory Coast.