Ghana’s all-time leading goal-scorer Asamoah Gyan has retired from international football a month before the start of the Africa Cup of Nations, BBC reports.

His decision comes as he was replaced as Ghana captain, with Andre Ayew likely to be given the role in Egypt.

“If the decision of the coach is to give captaincy of the tournament to another player while I am named in the team (squad) of the tournament, I wish to recuse myself from the tournament,” Gyan said in a statement.

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wpid ghana forward asamoah gyan reacts after missing a chance during the africa cup of nations group c match against south africa in mongomo on j - Fans react to Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan retirement announcement“I also wish to retire from the national team permanently.”

Gyan has not featured for the side since September 2017 after persistent injury problems and has also battled for game-time with his Turkish club Kayserispor.

The 33-year-old netted 51 goals in 106 international appearances, both Ghana national team records, which includes scoring at six consecutive Nations Cup finals, as well as three World Cups between 2006 and 2014.

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