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World Cup fallout: Cameroon’s Onana retires from international football

ANDRE Onana has announced his retirement from the national team of Cameroon following his row with head coach Rigobert Song.

The Inter Milan goalkeeper started as Cameroon’s first choice at the Qatar 2022 World Cup but was dropped and sent home early after falling out with Song over tactics.

His replacement David Epassy had a good outing, keeping a clean sheet as the Indomitable Lions beat Brazil in their final group fixture.

The 26-year-old Onana today said he would no longer play for his national team, although he insisted that his ‘heart will always beat’ for his country.

“Every story has its end and my story with the Cameroonian national team has come to an end,” Onana said in a statement posted on his social media pages.

“Players come and go, names are fleeting, but Cameroon remains eternal and so does my love for the national team and for our people who have always supported us no matter how difficult the moment was.

“My feeling will never change, my Cameroonian heart will continue to beat and wherever I go, I will always fight to lift the flag of Cameroon as high as possible.”

Onana made his senior debut with Cameroon in September 2016 and played 34 times for the Indomitable Lions, winning Africa Cup of Nations bronze on home soil in 2022.

He joined Inter Milan as a free agent last summer after serving a doping ban and ending of his contract with Ajax.

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