Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has called time on his international career after confirming he will no longer represent Gabon.
Having represented France at youth level, the former Arsenal striker switched allegiances for senior football and became the Panthers’ record scorer, finding the net 30 times in 72 appearances since his first cap in 2009.
Aubameyang has captained the national team for a number of years and also scored their first ever Olympic goal during the London 2012 games. His final swansong should have come at this year’s African Cup of Nations, but before Gabon’s first game, he contracted Covid. Shortly after that, he returned to north London for further medical tests following a diagnosis of “cardiac lesions”.
The press release reads: “The captain of the Panthers will no longer be with the national team for the next qualifiers, the final phase of which is scheduled in Cote d’Ivoire. The FC Barcelona striker has decided to end his international career and sent a letter to the Gabonese Football Federation (FEGAFOOT) on May 17, 2022.
“After 13 years of pride in representing my country, I announce that I am ending my international career. I would like to thank the Gabonese people and all those who have supported me in good and bad times.