Victor Moses quits international football

Chelsea wingback Victor Moses has announced his retirement from international football with immediate effect.

Moses quit the Super Eagles on Wednesday, bringing an end to a six-year international career which produced an AFCON title.

The 27-year-old has 37 caps for Nigeria, the first coming in 2012 and the last coming in this year’s World Cup.

In a statement, the former Wigan Athletic player said: “I would like to announce that after much thought I have made the decision to retire from playing international football.

“I have experienced some of the best moments of my life wearing the Super Eagles shirt and have memories with me that will last a lifetime.

“Nothing will ever compete to what it felt like to represent Nigeria on behalf of our country.

“However I feel that now is the right time to step away in order to be able to focus fully on club career and my young family as well as to allow the next generation of Super Eagles stars the opportunity to step up and to flourish.

“We are blessed as a nation to have so many exciting young players coming through and now is their time.

“I have already spoken to the manager by telephone and would like to say thank you to him and his staff, the NFF and all of my teammates for all of their support over the years.

“Most importantly I would like to say thank you to the Nigerian people for believing in me and supporting me over the years. It’s meant the world to me and my family and I will always be a proud Nigerian supporting the team.

“Thank you for the memories and good luck to the team for the future.”

Moses, who was part of the 2013 AFCON title-winning side, made 37 appearances for his country, scoring 12 goals.

In Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup campaign, which ended in group-stage exit, Moses featured in every minute•

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