Veteran midfielder Yaya Toure has sensationally rescinded his decision to retire from the Ivorian national team.
The 34-year old Manchester City star had earlier announced his retirement from international football in September 2016, some months after he captained the Elephants to a first African Cup of Nations (AFCON) title in 23 years at the 2015 edition.
The former Barcelona and Olympiacos man has now made himself available for selection again.
I love my country and am available for national team selection. I want to help the next generation and use my experience to make all Ivorians proud!! pic.twitter.com/2wOPZvj15f
— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) December 26, 2017
He made this known via his official Twitter handle. He tweeted that: “I love my country and I am free for the national selection.”
“I want to help the next generation and use all my experience so that all Ivorians are proud.” the tweet further said.
Yaya Toure joined Manchester City from Barcelona in 2010 and went on to become a key performer for the Citizens until the arrival of current manager Pep Guardiola.
He has enjoyed a minimal role under Pep since the Spanish tactician’s reign began at the start of last season and that explains why he has made just three Premier League starts this season.
Before his retirement last year, Yaya Toure netted 19 times in a century of games for the Elephants.