West Ham and Sam Allardyce have been given a huge boost as Alex Song has announced his retirement from international football.
Song, on loan from Barcelona, had been in talks with senior figures at Cameroon after he was originally left out the squad to play in the Africa Cup of Nations.
The midfielder hasn’t played for his country since he was sent off against Croatia in the group stages of the World Cup last summer which cost him a three match ban and a heavy fine.
Since making his debut for the Indomitable Lions in 2005 Song made 47 appearances for his country playing in three major tournaments and was named in the Team of the Tournament in the 2010 AFCON.
Song released a statement in which he explained his decision to quit international duty.
"My love for my country will never change but I want to take time to focus purely on domestic football and start to rebuild my career at West Ham United," he said.
"It is true that there were some discussions of late to include me in the squad for this tournament but I feel after a lot of careful thought and numerous discussions with my family this is the right decision."
"Since the World Cup in the summer and my subsequent exclusion from the Cameroon squad for the Africa Cup of Nations I have taken the decision to retire from international football.
"I wish Cameroon all the best and the team will always be in my heart."
Song could now feature for West Ham in the weekend trip to Swansea having missed Tuesday's FA Cup draw with Everton through injury.