Chelsea Great John Obi Mikel Retires From International Football

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Chelsea great John Obi Mikel has retired from international football after Nigeria beat Tunisia in AFCON 2019 to come third.

The 32 year old midfielder announced he would no longer be available for selection for Nigeria and would instead focus on his club career.

Announcing his retirement on Instagram, Mikel wrote: “In 2006 I played my first official championship for my Country. 2019 African Cup of Nations marks my last championship for National Team with Super Eagles.

“My national career started in 2003 under 17 World Cup and I’m grateful for the national team for placing me on the world arena and giving me an opportunity to show my skill and have an incredible National and International career.

“At the age of 32, it’s time for me to retire from the National team and let the youth take over, who’ve done an amazing job securing a bronze medal at AFCON 2019.

“Thank you to all my Nigerian supporters and to my Country for all the trust, support and love you’ve shown me over the past 15 years.”

Mikel spent the second half of last season on loan at Middlesbrough after leaving the Chinese Super League.

He has joined Turkish side Trabzonspor this summer on a two-year deal with an option to extend for a further year.

Mikel won the AFCON with Nigeria in 2013.

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