Montreal Impact midfielder Victor Wanyama has retired from international football after 14 years of representing his home country, Kenya.
The former Tottenham man has called it time on his career aged 30 after being overlooked in the recent Harambee Stars outings with the captaincy being stripped off him in favour of striker Michael Olunga.
Wanyama made known his decision on Monday via a press statement quoted below:
“Growing up it was always my dream to get the chance to represent my country. With a great deal of pride, I can say that I have been fortunate to live my dream.”
“From making my debut against Nigeria to captaining the team at the African Cup of Nations final in Egypt- the past 14 years have gone beyond what I ever thought possible.”
“We have shared great moments together and I am proud to have been your captain and leader.”
Former Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama announces retirement from international football; move comes in the backdrop after being overlooked in recent national team duties. pic.twitter.com/yEuP5YKbG6
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) September 27, 2021
“But all good things must come to an end eventually; and after long consideration, I have made the really difficult decision to retire from international football.”
“The time has come to hand over the team to the next generation so that they too can make their mark and help our country reach even greater heights.”
“I hope to return one day to help the federation off the field but until then, I will still be The Harambee Stars biggest supporter and I will be cheering the guys from the sidelines.”
It has been an honor to represent my Country and I think the time has come for me to pass the mantle to the young ones,I’ll always be a of the National Team and their biggest supporter . pic.twitter.com/7jaQ1qA9Lw
— Victor Wanyama (@VictorWanyama) September 27, 2021
The midfielder made his Harambee Stars debut in May 2017 aged just 15 in a friendly match against Nigeria and has gone on to play 64 games for country while scoring seven goals in the process.