Gernot Rohr will no longer be able to count on the services of versatile attacker Victor Moses in his attempts to guide Nigeria to the 2019 African Cup of Nations.
The Chelsea winger has decided to retire from international football with immediate effect.
“I would like to announce that after much thought that I have made the decision to retire from playing international football. I have experienced some of the best moments of my life wearing the Super Eagles shirt and have memories with me that will last a lifetime,” the former Wigan star wrote via his Twitter handle.
“Nothing will ever compete to what it feels like to represent Nigeria on behalf of our country.”
“However I feel that now is the right time to step away in order to focus fully on club career and my young family as well as to allow the next generation of Super Eagles stars have the opportunity to step up and to flourish.
“We are blessed as a nation to have so many exciting young players coming through and now is their time.”
“There are so many highlights that stand out for me over the years, from making my debut, to playing in two World Cups and being part of the team to win the African Nations Cup for the first time for our Nation since 1994 being just a few of them.”
“I have already spoken to the manager by telephone and would like to say thank you to him and his staff, the NFF and all my teammates for all their support over the years. Most importantly I would like to say thank you to the Nigerian people for believing in me and supporting me over the years. It meant the world to me and my family. I will always be a proud Nigerian supporting the team.”
“Thank you for the memories and goodluck to the team for the future.”
The 27-year-old made his official debut for Nigeria’s senior side in 2012 and has since made 37 international appearances for the national team.