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Drogba retires from international football

Drogba played 104 times for the Ivory Coast. Credit: PA

Didier Drogba has announced his retirement from international football with the Ivory Coast.

The 36-year-old, who last month re-joined Chelsea following a two-season absence with spells in China and Turkey, made his 104th and final appearance for Les Elephants during the World Cup in Brazil.

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

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 African 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 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 (Herve Renard).

– Chelsea striker Didier Drogba


Ivory Coast meet Senegal in World Cup play-off

Ivory Coast and Senegal will meet for a place at the 2014 World Cup finals after Monday's draw in Cairo paired the two African rivals in the play-offs.

Their last meeting, an African Nations Cup qualifier in October last year, was abandoned 72 minutes in after Senegal fans rioted with their team losing 2-0 in Dakar.

The result eventually stood with Ivory Coast claiming a 6-2 aggregate victory.

Toure on target as Ivory Coast seal play-off spot

Ivory Coast were the first of several countries to secure their place in the play-offs of the African World Cup qualifiers today as they came from behind to beat Tanzania 4-2 in Group C.

Yaya Toure scored twice to help give the Elephants a five-point lead over Morocco with only one game left to play.

Ethiopia joined Ivory Coast in reaching the play-offs with victory over South Africa in the battle of Group A's leading pair.

Egypt are also through following a 1-0 win over Mozambique and Ghana edged into top spot in Group D with a 2-0 victory over Lesotho.


Happy birthday Didier Drogba

The Drog. Credit: PA
Drogba (second from right) is now doing the business for Galatasaray in Turkey. Credit: PA

Happy 35th birthday to Ivory Coast goal machine – and Chelsea legend – Didier Drogba, who is banging them in now at Galatasaray. Well played, Didi.