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Drogba announces retirement plans

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Drogba craving success with the Elephants. (©GettyImages)
Drogba craving success with the Elephants. (©GettyImages).

Didier Drogba has announced that he intends to retire from international football after World Cup 2014.

The Ivory Coast captain is looking to replicate his domestic achievements on the international stage, after winning the Champions League in dramatic fashion with Chelsea this season.

A last-gasp penalty shoot-out victory over German giants Bayern Munich meant that Roman Abramovich's charges secured Europe's most prestigious prize for the first time in the club's history.

And, having tasted success at club level, Drogba is more determined than ever to make history with the Elephants.

With little else left to achieve in the footballing world, nothing would give the 34-year-old striker more pleasure than to lead his country to World Cup glory.

Speaking at a press conference in Abidjan ahead of the qualifier against Tanzania, Drogba said: "I'm certainly living my last days with the national team, and the match against Tanzania on Saturday will be one of my last games here at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium."

The clash with Tanzania represents a final opportunity for Drogba to play in his homeland, and the powerful frontman is determined to make every minute count as his international career draws to a close.

He added: "However, I'll do my best to leave something memorable for the fans, and after the 2014 Fifa World Cup, I think I'll be quitting international football for good."

Drogba's determination to achieve success with Ivory Coast is driven by the disappointment of failing to win the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, something that still grates with the former Chelsea striker.

"It's true winning the UEFA Champions League with Chelsea brought much joy to Ivorian fans, but it cannot blot out the nightmare of February 12 in Libreville [Gabon], the day we bitterly lost the 2012 Afcon to Zambia.

"It is still very fresh and hurting. We hope to make up for it in the upcoming edition."

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