Cameroon's veteran centre-back Rigobert Song announced his retirement from international football on Sunday.

The 34-year-old, the first African to play in four World Cups and eight African Cup of Nations, said that the time was right to call it a day.

"You have to know when to quit when the time comes," said the 136-times capped Song, who plays for Turkish first division side Trabzonspor.

"I leave this team with pride ... and think I have accomplished a duty."

During the press conference, the former Metz, Lens and Liverpool player had a special word for his "brother in arms" Marc Vivien Foe, who died on the pitch playing a Confederations Cup match in June 2003.

Song had been under fire for recent performances and had to settle for a substitute's role at the World Cup in which Cameroon were eliminated after three straight defeats.
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