World Cup 2014: Nigeria defender Joseph Yobo retires from international football
Last Updated: 01/07/14 11:33am
Nigeria defender Joseph Yobo has announced his retirement from international football following the World Cup last-16 defeat to France.
The Super Eagles pushed France hard in their second-round match in Brasilia on Monday, only for Paul Pogba's late header and a last-gasp own-goal by Yobo to seal a 2-0 win for Les Bleus.
Former Everton centre-half Yobo, currently with Fenerbahce, became the first Nigerian to win 100 caps and confirmed soon afterwards he would not be adding to the landmark.
"This is it. I can look back on my career with great pride," the 33-year-old told BBC Sport.
"I wanted to leave on a high for my country. Defeat by France was not the right way to go but I'm happy with all I've done for the national team.
"It's time to give a chance to other people to come through. Our football has a bright future and I am confident this team can achieve success sooner rather than later."