Lomana LuaLua quits international football

Lomana LuaLua
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Congo DR's Lomana LuaLua ends his international career with immediate effect.

Former Newcastle United and Portsmouth striker Lomana LuaLua has called time on his international career with Congo DR.

The 32-year-old took the decision after his country was knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations last night courtesy of a 1-1 draw with Mali.

"When you don't do well, people start asking questions and sending messages, disrespecting," he told BBC Sport.

"I love my country, but if I knew it was going to be like this, I would have rather stayed at my club. I'm finished, done. I've reached a level. For me, I think this is it, I've completely stopped."

LuaLua currently plays his club football with Turkish side Karabukspor.

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