Chelsea FC striker Didier Drogba has decided to retire from international football after making 104 appearances for Ivory Coast.

Didier Drogba, who recently re-joined Chelsea, has retired from international football, which means the 36-year-old won’t participate in the Africa Cup Of Nations in January next year.

The former Le Mans forward became a free agent this summer after his contract with Galatasaray expired. The Ivorian was re-signed by Chelsea on a one-year contract and is expected to take up a coaching role next season.

Drogba has now announced his retirement from international football, which is certainly advantageous for Chelsea as he won’t be missed during the Africa Cup Of Nations, scheduled to take place in January next year.

He made his international debut in 2002 in a match against South Africa and Drogba has gone on to make 104 for Ivory Coast since then. He has represented his nation in three World Cups and has captained his side since 2006.

“It is with much sadness that I have decided to retire from international football.

“These past 12 years in the national team have been full of emotions. From my first call up to my last match I have always tried to give my best for my country.

“I am very proud to have been captain of this team for eight years and to have contributed to placing my country on the world stage of football taking part in three World Cups and two Africa Cup of Nations finals.

“I cannot convey enough thanks to the fans for all the love and support during these years. All my goals, all my caps, all our victories are for you – I love you.

“I also owe much gratitude to my team-mates – the players with whom I have shared all these emotions and I wish you all much success for the future and a very warm welcome to the new manager.” – Drogba said.

Meanwhile, Drogba’s Chelsea teammate John Terry has insisted that Drogba is still a ‘nightmare’ to play against.

“Didier’s still the same. He’s been a nightmare to play against in training. He’s still physically strong, sharp and hungry as well.

“It’s important Didier is here because he brings that mentality of wanting to win every day and that rubs off on people like Kurt Zouma and the other young players he’s playing against.” – The Chelsea captain said.