Chelsea winger Victor Moses has announced his retirement from international football at just the age of 27.
The Nigeria international who turns 28 in December, revealed his decision via Twitter this afternoon with an explanation for his decision to retire at the age of 27, saying he wanted to ‘focus fully on his club career and my young family, as well as to allow the next generation of Super Eagles stars the opportunity to step up and to flourish’.
Moses debuted for Nigeria in 2012, and he featured in two World Cups, most recently the World Cup in Russia.
The Chelsea star was a part of the Nigerian squad that won the African Cup of Nations in 2013.
“I would like to announce that after much thought I have made the decision to retire from playing international football,” Moses wrote on Twitter.
“I have experienced some of the best moments of my life wearing the Super Eagles shirt and have memories with me that will last a lifetime.
“Nothing will ever compete to what it felt like to represent Nigeria on behalf of our country.
“However I feel that now is the right time to step away in order to be able to focus fully on club career and my young family as well as to allow the next generation of Super Eagles stars the opportunity to step up and to flourish.
“We are blessed as a nation to have so many exciting young players coming through and now is their time.
“I have already spoken to the manager by telephone and would like to say thank you to him and his staff, the NFF and all of my teammates for all of their support over the years.
“Most importantly I would like to say thank you to the Nigerian people for believing in me and supporting me over the years. It’s meant the world to me and my family and I will always be a proud Nigerian supporting the team.
“Thank you for the memories and good luck to the team for the future.”
Moses retires having played 38 games for his country with 12 goals.