x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

'Fully focused' Asamoah Gyan to end international retirement

Pro League star set to return to Ghana national squad after 'indefinite break' following African Cup of Nations abuse.

Al Ain star Asamoah Gyan in action for Ghana - the player is to reverse his exile from the national side.
Al Ain star Asamoah Gyan in action for Ghana - the player is to reverse his exile from the national side.

Al Ain star Asamoah Gyan to reverse his retirement from international football and play again for Ghana.

The striker announced in February this year he would be taking an 'indefinite break' from international selection, following abuse he received after Ghana's African Cup of Nations exit.

But now The National understands the 26-year-old has decided to come out of retirement.

“The decision to return was made with the incredible support of my family, friends and the football family of Ghana," the player said.

"I am fully focused on our clear goals ahead, in helping my nation qualify for both the AFCON 2013 and the World Cup in 2014."

Gyan was targeted for abuse from fans after missing a penalty in Ghana's 1-0 semi-final defeat to Zambia in the African Cup of Nations earlier this year, a competition his side had been tipped to win.

The 59-times capped forward is currently in Austria at Al Ain's pre-season training camp, after completing his permanent move to the club from Sunderland last week.

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