Speaking moments after the 32-year-old Mikel announced he was retiring from national team duties, Rohr, who guided Nigeria to a third place finish at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt, insists the position is open for youngsters playing regularly for their clubs.
"Egypt is a country where I've started and have finished my national career".
Mikel played his first competitive match for the Super Eagles in Egypt against Zimbabwe and he has chose to call it quit in the same country to "let the youth take over".
"The 2019 African Cup of Nations marks my last championship for national team with Super Eagles".
"And it is sad that he wants not to continue".
"My national career started in 2003, under 17 World Cup and I'm grateful to the national team for placing me on the world arena and allowing me to show my skill and have an incredible national and global career".
Former Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi on Thursday confirmed reports of his retirement through his official instagram account, bringing a close to a career that spanned about 15 years.
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"The future (of the team) is very bright, we have young players who can still progress and can still improve (because) there's a very good spirit in the team", he said.
Mikel made 89 appearances for Nigeria between 2005 and 2019, scoring six times.
However he wasn't given a last hooray on the team's final day, in the third place play-off match against Tunisia.
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr praised the midfielder for his service, saying the midfielder had enjoyed a "big career" with the Super Eagles.
"Let me warmly welcome our great team from Cairo, Egypt".
"He gave all the best for his country".
Per ESPN FC, both players made their intentions known after the game.
Mikel missed the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa due to injury but was at the 2013 AFCON and was instrumental in the tournament as Nigeria won the continent premier title the third time.