Yaya Touré named in Ivory Coast squad to end three-year international retirement

Yaya Touré bowed out of international football on a high in 2015 when he led Ivory Coast to the Africa Cup of Nations trophy following an epic 9-8 penalty shootout win over Ghana in the final.

It had been considered an underachieving generation of talent until the Ivory Coast won the tournament and for Touré it added an international honour to his successful career at club level.

Now 34, Touré has rarely featured in this season’s record-breaking Manchester City side, appearing for only 752 minutes in total this season and just 97 of them in the Premier League.

And with so little happening at club level, Yaya has decided to return to the international stage and is in the new Ivory Coast squad to take on Togo (24 March) and Moldova (27 March) during the upcoming international break. They will mark his first international appearances for over three years.

Touré’s long stay at Manchester City will end in the summer with his contract set to expire, but he’ll take with him many memories and medals, with a third Premier League all but certain to be added to his tally – and, he will be hoping, a second Champions League triumph.

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