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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang retires from international football

Former Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has confirmed his retirement from international football.

Having represented France at youth level, the Barcelona striker switched allegiances for senior football and became Gabon’s record scorer, finding the net 30 times in 72 appearances since his first cap in 2009.

The Gabon’s Football Federation said it received a letter from Aubameyang on Tuesday informing it of his decision.

“After 13 years of pride in representing my country, I announce that I am ending my international career,’ the 32-year-old wrote in an open letter to Gabon fans.

“I would like to thank the Gabonese people and all those who have supported me in the good like the bad times.

“I will keep a lot of good memories like the day I made my debut at romnisports, or the day I came back from Nigeria with the African Ballon d’Or.

“I would also like to thank all my coaches, staff and the players that I have come across during this career.

“Finally, I thank my father who gave me the desire to do like him, hoping to have made him proud by wearing our colours.”

Gabon, inspired by Aubameyang, reached the quarter-finals of the 2012 African Cup of Nations to equal their best performance in international competitions.

His retirement comes two weeks before Gabon start their qualifying campaign for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

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