Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan has announced his retirement from national team football with immediate effect. In a statement, the Black Stars captain hang his boots on Monday just a day before the Ghana head coach James Kwesi Appiah announces his provisional squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt. “Upon consultation with my family and team, and as an active footballer and captain of the National team, if the decision of the coach is to give captaincy of the tournament to another player while I am named in the team for the tournament, I wish to recuse myself from the tournament,” the 33-year-old said in a statement. “I also wish to retire from the national team permanently; not pretending my presence would not fuel the purported undermining the country has seen under my captaincy. “I would continue to serve the country Ghana in other endeavors as a businessman through various investments.” Gyan, who is the Black Stars all-time leading goal scorer made his international debut at the age of 17 and scored on his senior International debut for Ghana against Somalia on 19 November 2003 in the 90th minute, according to ghanaweb.com At the time of his retirement, the skipper had made 106 appearances for the Ghana, scoring a total of 51 goals Gyan represented Ghana at 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups and with a personal tally of 6 goals, he is the top African goalscorer in the history of the World Cup. The Kayserispor forward and ex Rennes and Udinese striker also represented Ghana at the 2004 Summer Olympics and in seven Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017, helping them finish in third-place in 2008 and runner-up in 2010 and 2015.