Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has jumped to the defence ofÂ his team-mate Michael Essien the midfielder loves the Ghana national team.
Two serious knee injury Essien suffered while playing for the Black Stars nearly ended the Chelsea midfielderâ€™s career.
His return to the Ghana fold has been a subject of debate with some accusing Essien of being unpatriotic.
But his Ivorian team-mate says Essien is committed to the Black Stars
â€œI think you have to understand that we are all proud to play for our country. He went through a very difficult moment with this knee injury,â€ Drogba said.
â€œI think rather than criticise him you guys should encourage him and show him the love.
â€œYou think a player like that doesnâ€™t want to play in the World Cup?
â€œIt was big frustration for him not to play so you guys should support him because he is one of the best players in Africa.â€
Ivory Coast are in Ghana ahead of their clash with Benin in an African Cup of Nations qualifier on Sunday.