Kanoute calls time on Mali

Striker announces international retirement

Kanoute: Retired from internationals

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Frederic Kanoute has announced his retirement from international football following Mali's exit from the African Cup of Nations.

Kanoute helped Mali beat Malawi 3-1 in their final group game on Monday but the victory was not enough to take them through to the quarter-finals.

The 32-year-old striker has now decided to make himself unavailable for future selection and will concentrate on his club career with Sevilla.

"That's life. I'm sorry I couldn't succeed in helping my team go further at the Nations Cup which now marks my retirement," he told the Angolan Angop news agency.

French-born Kanoute made his international debut in 2003 and went on to score 23 goals in 38 appearances.