While many were hoping to see him at next year’s Africa Cup of Nations and even the Russia 2018 World Cup, Yaya Toure has called it quit with international football.
The 14-year romance with the Ivorian national team ended on Tuesday as the Manchester City stalwart made his decision known to the public.
The move some say is meant to help Toure concentrate in his battle to regain his place at the Etihad Stadium.
The 33-year old made 102 appearances for Les Elephants scoring 19 goals and last captained the country to their first Africa Cup of Nations victory since 1992.
Toure on Tuesday said: “After 14 years playing for Les Elephants I have decided to end my adventure playing for the Ivory Coast.
“Some decisions are difficult to take but it is time to pass things on to other players.
“I thank all my supporters and my fans.”
The former Barcelona star is currently trying to force his way back into the first team picture after being snubbed by new manger Pep Guardiola.
Toure has been omitted from City’s Champions League squad even as Guardiola opted to go for more youthful players