Demel: Hard decision to quit

  • By: Pete O'Rourke
  • Last Updated: December 13 2012, 15:02 GMT

West Ham defender Guy Demel has confirmed to Sky Sports that he has retired from international football with the Ivory Coast.

Guy Demel: Decided to quit playing for Ivory Coast

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Sky Sports revealed earlier this month that Demel was poised to quit the international scene to focus on his club commitments with West Ham.

The full-back made 35 appearances for Ivory Coast and was a member of the squad for the 2006 and 2010 World Cup finals.

Demel believes the time is right to quit international football so that he can give his all to Sam Allardyce's side.

"I have decided to quit international football and it was not an easy decision for me," Demel told Sky Sports.

"I have enjoyed playing for my country and going to the 2006 and 2010 World Cup and my country means a great deal to me.

"I wish Ivory Coast success in the future and I hope they do well at the Africa Cup of Nations.

"However, I am now 31 and it feel it is the right to quit so that I can concentrate on West Ham.

"Last season I was injured a lot and I want to prepare and make sure I perform for West Ham in the Premier League."

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