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World Cup qualifiers: Yaya Toure snubs national team callup again

first_imgAfrican footballer of the Year Yaya Toure has again turned down a call-up from his country and will miss the start of the Ivory Coast’s World Cup qualifying campaign.The 32-year-old midfielder has not played for his country since they won the African Nations Cup in February, telling the Ivorian federation he wanted time to reflect on adding to a century of international caps.”For the moment, Yaya has not expressed a desire to rejoin the squad,” said Ivory Coast coach Michel Dussuyer on the country’s football federation website ahead of the two-legged tie against Liberia.Suggestions that he may be ready to retire from international football to focus on his club Manchester City are rife in his homeland, but the midfielder has not commented.Toure appeared to suffer from the physical exertions of competing for his country last season after the Ivory Coast won the Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea.He returned to Manchester City and suffered a marked dip in form. Striker Wilfried Bony returns to the 24-man squad after missing last month’s win over Morocco in a friendly in Agadir.Ivory Coast play in Liberia on November 13 and host them four days later with a place in the group phase of Africa’s qualifiers for the 2018 finals in Russia at stake.SQUADGoalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohouo (TP Mazembe/COD), Mandé Sayouba (Stabaek/NOR), Ali Badra Sangaré (ASEC Mimosas/CIV)Defenders: Serge Aurier (Paris SG/FRA), Mamadou Bagayoko (KV St Trond/BEL), Eric Bailly (Villareal/ESP),Simon Déli (Slavia Prague/CZE), Constant Djakpa (Eintracht Francfurt/GER), Lamine Kone (Lorient/FRA), Ousmane Viera (Rizespor/TUR), Arthur Boka (Malaga/ESP) Midfielders: Victorien Angban (St Tronden/BEL), Jean Daniel Akpa Akpro (Toulouse FC/FRA), Ismaël Diomandé (St Etienne/FRA), Assane Gnoukouri (Inter Milan/ITA), Geoffrey Serey Die (Stuttgart/GER), Jean Michaël Séri (Nice/FRA),Serge Yao N’Guessan (AFAD Djékanou)Strikers: Gervinho (Roma/ITA), Roger Assalé(TP Mazembe/COD), Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow/RUS), Cyriac Gohi Bi (KV Ostende/BEL), Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin/GER), Giovanni Sio (Rennes/FRA), Thomas Toure (Bordeaux/FRA), Wilfried Bony (Manchester City/ENG)–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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