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Alex Song the latest Cameroon star to retire from international football; Youth movement is on

Cameroon v Croatia: Group A - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Alex Song of Cameroon goes up for a header against Sammir of Croatia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Cameroon and Croatia at Arena Amazonia on June 18, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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Cameroon had one of the worst tournaments of any team at the World Cup, and life isn’t getting any easier for the Indomitable Lions.

After threatening to not go to the tournament in Brazil, Cameroon had to deal with the fact that they not only got beaten soundly at the World Cup, they were accused of match-fixing.

Samuel Eto’o and Pierre Webo had already retired from international competition before today’s news from West Ham United midfielder Alex Song via Instagram (at bottom). He’s retiring as well.

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The 27-year-old Song’s absence will make the Cameroon team look even more bizarre at the Africa Cup of Nations this month. Longtime goalkeeper Charles Itandje also won’t be there. Neither will Jean Makoun nor Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

It’s a youth movement for Volker Finke’s side, captained by Sevilla’s Stephane Mbia, 28. The vice captains are 25 and 22 (Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting of Schalke and Vincent Aboubaker of Porto).

Alex Song Since the World Cup in the summer and my subsequent exclusion from the Cameroon squad for the African Cup of Nations I have taken the decision to retire from International football. It is true that there were some discussions of late to include me in the squad for this tournament but I feel after a lot of careful thought and numerous discussions with my family this is the right decision. My love for my country will never change but I want to take time to focus purely on domestic football and start to rebuild my career at West Ham United. I wish Cameroon all the best and the team will always be in my heart.

A photo posted by 17alexsong @systemeTchakap (@17alexsong) on Jan 1, 2015 at 2:21pm PST

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