GHANA star Asamoah Gyan has quit international football “indefinitely”.
The move follows the Black Stars’ semi-final defeat by Zambia at the Africa Cup of Nations, in which Gyan had a penalty saved.
The player has come under sustained criticism from fans in Ghana following the Black Stars’ failure to win the continental crown.
Gyan’s decision was confirmed by his manager in Ghana.
He is currently on loan from English Premier League side Sunderland to the UAE-based team Al Ain.
Ghana face a number of crucial international matches in the near future - with 2014 World Cup qualifying beginning in June.
Amongst the teams in Ghana’s group in the race to Brazil are the newly-crowned African champions, Zambia.
They will also face a two-legged tie in September and October for a place in the finals of the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa.
Gyan’s failure to score from the spot echoed the World Cup quarter-final in 2010, when he hit the cross-bar with a penalty in the final moments of extra-time.
Had he scored, Ghana would have almost certainly have gone through to the semis.
Instead they lost the subsequent shoot-out to Uruguay.