Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has retired from the Ghana Black Stars.

The Al Ain star sent a letter to the Ghana Football Association late on Friday night informing them of his decision, which had the “full support of family and friends”.

Gyan who has scored 28 goals in 59 games for Ghana cited the “intolerable” abuse he suffered after the Black Stars exit from the recent African Cup of Nations as part of his reasons.

The 26-year-old netted on his debut against Somalia nine years ago.

Gyan became public enemy No. 1 after missing a crucial penalty in Ghana’s 1-0 semi-final defeat to Zambia, with many Ghanaian football lovers accusing him for Ghana’s defeat in the competition.

The penalty he missed was similar to one that he missed at the 2010 World Cup quarter-final against Uruguay, where Ghana was knocked out.

Gyan has said that it was “an incredible honour” to represent his country having made his debut as a 17-year-old in 2003.

Sources at the Ghana Football Association have confirmed the receipt of the letter but did not say whether Asamoah Gyan would ever want to return to the Black Stars.

The GFA is however in talks with him to rescind his decision.

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