Michael Essien retires from international football

Former Ghana and ex-Chelsea midfielder,Michael Essien says he was forced out of International football retirement ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil 2014.

Essien has not played for the Black Stars since Ghana’s disappointing campaign at the 2014 World Cup where he was largely fingered to have contributed to the player revolt in camp.

The 35-year-old, who is currently without a club after parting ways with Indonesian outfit Persib Bandung told GHOne TV’s Cheers show, Essien, who has since the World Cup been out of the Black Stars team, stated he was persuaded to come out of retirement to help his country.

“If I’m called to play for the Black Stars? No, because I’ve retired.

“I even retired before we went to Brazil. And they came for me to come and help which I did but I went to Brazil and they treated me like…”so I’m not playing for the country again. It’s time for the new generation,” he added.

Essien was one of the three players, alongside Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng, accused of masterminding agitations for players appearance fees during the tournament.


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