Newcastle United’s Mo Diame has announced his retirement from international football with Senegal, reports the Chronicle Live.
Diame missed the majority of January, whilst he was away with his country for the African Cup of Nations, but has now called time on his international career to focus on his club.
The 29-year old said: “I believe that there are now 23 Senegalese players in better shape.
“After much thought and consideration I feel that now is the appropriate time to focus fully on my club career.”
Diame joined the Magpies from Hull City during the summer transfer window, and has played a major part in Rafa Benitez’s side leading the race for promotion.
The midfielder has scored six goals across all competitions, helping Newcastle to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table, with just nine fixtures of the current campaign remaining.
Benitez’s side are now level on points with Brighton and Hove Albion, after a disappointing defeat to Fulham on Saturday afternoon, where Diame was part of a Newcastle side that lost 3-1 at St James’ Park.
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