Nigeria's Joseph Yobo announces international retirement

Joseph Yobo of Nigeria looks on during the National Anthem prior to 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Nigeria and Argentina on June 25, 2014
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Joseph Yobo announces his retirement from international football following Nigeria's 2-0 defeat against France at the World Cup.

Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo has announced his international retirement after the Super Eagles' exit from the 2014 World Cup.

The African side, who were victorious in last year's Africa Cup of Nations, bowed out of the competition in Brazil with a 2-0 defeat against France in Brasilia earlier today.

Yobo scored an own goal late on to secure the victory for Les Bleus, but he will be better remembered for his achievement of becoming the first Nigeria player to play 100 international matches.

"It was a bittersweet moment for me but I think it is time to focus on my family," the 33-year-old defender is quoted as saying by "It has been a long road. We've won the African Nations Cup and we came here and were not disgraced.

"I never thought that I'd be here because I missed the last six games of the season through injury. They gave me an opportunity but it is unfortunate what happened. I gave my all."

Yobo played at three World Cups for Nigeria.

Mathieu Valbuena of France celebrates his team's secong goal on an own goal by Joseph Yobo of Nigeria during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between France and Nigeria at Estadio Nacional on June 30, 2014
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