Breaking: Onana retires from international football


Andre Onana has announced his retirement from international football after being removed from Cameroon’s World Cup squad last month.

Onana, 26, was sent home from the tournament in Qatar following a blazing row with manager Rigobert Song, who reportedly took issue with his goalkeeping style.

According to Marca, Song lambasted the Inter Milan shot-stopper during training for taking too many risks with his feet, sparking a shouting match between the pair

The ex-Liverpool and West Ham man claimed his goalkeeper became tearful after approaching him to discuss his displays and that he avoided speaking to him.

Onana was subsequently dropped from Cameroon’s squad and forced to leave Qatar earlier than planned, before his country went on to suffer elimination in the group stage.

Now he has made the decision to step down from international duty altogether, confirming his Cameroon retirement in a lengthy post on social media.

Part of his statement read: ‘It all started in Ngol Nkok, a small village where, from a very young age, my family passed on to me the values that identify the Cameroonian people. I understood that love for this country is eternal and that commitment is non-negotiable.

‘My feeling will never change. My Cameroonian heart will continue to beat and wherever I go I will always fight to lift the flag of Cameron [sic] as high as possible.

‘I will continue to support as a fan, just as the more than 27 million Cameroonians do at every match. I can only thank all those who trusted me and believed that I could add and contribute to this team.’

Onana earned 34 caps during his six-year Cameroon career, helping them secure a third-place finish at last year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

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