Newcastle United midfielder Mohamed Diame has made the decision to retire from international football according to the Chronicle Live.

The 29-year-old Senegal international has made the decision to end his playing career with the Lions of Teranga so that he can focus fully on reaching his best form with Newcastle United.

Diame has been capped by his country on 36 occasions while he scored his only goal for Senegal against Niger in a 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifying match 12 months ago.

Newcastle United signed the midfielder from Hull City in the summer and the player agreed a three-year deal on Tyneside. Diame has made 33 appearances for The Magpies so far this season while he has scored six goals.

The player has made an impressive start to life at St James’ Park and Diame is fully focussed on getting sharper for Rafa Benitez’s side after admitting that he is not currently in his best shape compared to his former teammates in the Senegal national squad.

Diame started his career in France with RC Lens before the midfielder joined Spanish minnows Linares after the player suffered some health problems. Rayo Vallecano offered Diame a lifeline in summer 2008 before the Senegalese midfielder was snapped up by Wigan Athletic the following summer.

Since moving to England, Diame has built a reputation as a powerful midfielder and the player has been a regular performer for Wigan Athletic, West Ham United and Hull City prior to his move to Newcastle United.

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