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Algeria’s Madjid Bougherra retires from international football
Algeria’s captain and former Rangers defender – Madjid Bougherra- has announced his retirement from international football after their elimination from the Africa Cup of Nations.
The 32-year-old defender told reporters after his country’s defeat to Ivory Coast that this match in Malabo was his last for Les Verts in an official competition.
“Yes, that was my last match for Algeria in an official competition. I can confirm that,” he said.
“I’ve spent very good times with team. I have given a lot, and I have taken a lot too. And it’s time for me to leave the field for the young players and the stars of the future but I will remain faithful to the national team,” he added.
The veteran defender has previously announced his decision following Algeria’s last match against Ethiopia in the AFCON 2015 qualifiers last November. “Magic” – as the Algerian fans call him – will make his final appearance for the The Desert Warriors in a friendly against Qatar in Doha next March.
Madjid was capped 69 times for Algeria making his debut in 2004 and appeared in two consecutive World Cups. He also completed his longest club career spell at Rangers F.C. between 2008-2011 appearing 81 times during which he was strongly linked with Barcelona in 2010.