London - West Ham United's on-loan midfielder Alex Song has announced that he
is retiring from international football with Cameroon with immediate
The 27-year-old Barcelona player has not played for his country since
being sent off against Croatia at last year's World Cup and was left
out of the squad for the this month's Africa Cup of Nations.
He recently held talks with Cameroon Football Federation officials
about his future with the national team, but has decided to withdraw
from international duty.
"Since the World Cup in the summer and my subsequent exclusion from
the Cameroon squad for the African Cup of Nations, I have taken the
decision to retire from international football," he said in a statement
released to the British media late Tuesday.
"It is true that there were some discussions of late to include me in
the squad for this tournament, but I feel after a lot of careful
thought and numerous discussions with my family this is the right
"My love for my country will never change, but I want to take time to
focus purely on domestic football and start to rebuild my career at
West Ham United. I wish Cameroon all the best and the team will always
be in my heart."
Song failed to hold down a first-team place at Barcelona after
signing from Arsenal in 2012, but he has impressed since joining West
Ham on loan in August.
Song, the cousin of former Cameroon international Rigobert Song, made
his international debut against Morocco in November 2005 and has won 49
On his last appearance, he was shown a straight red card for elbowing
Mario Mandzukic in the back as Cameroon crashed to a 4-0 group-stage
defeat against Croatia at the World Cup.
Song was given a three-match ban, meaning he missed Cameroon's final match of the competition against Brazil.