Hull's Mohamed Diame celebrates after scoring against Ipswich (Reuters)
Tuesday Mar 14, 2017. 14:30
Senegalese experienced midfielder Mohamed Diame has hang up his boots at international level, thus paving way for youngsters according to him.
The Newcastle United midfielder announced his decision to retire after saying he is no longer the 'best' in the Lions Teranga side.
The Magpies are currently leading the English Championship log table with 77 points from 37 matches.
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Having made 36 appearances for the Aliou Cisse-coached side, the 29-year-old also represented his country at the 2012 Olympics.
"I believe that there are now 23 Senegalese players in better shape,” said Diame.
"After much thought and consideration I feel that now is the appropriate time to focus fully on my club career."
Diame has been mainly used as a substitute by the West Africans since Cisse took charge of the team in March 2015.