2015 AFRICA CUP - ALGERIA - Captain Bougherra bows out after exit
The Desert Foxes skipper bid farewell to the national team following the 3:1 quarter-final defeat to Ivory Coast in Malabo.
"It's a different life for me now," said the 33-year-old defender.
"Of course you can never say 'I'll never play again' for the national team but in my mind I think it's over. "
Bougherra made his debut for Algeria in 2004 and played at the last two World Cups and at two Nations Cups.
"It's been 11 years and I think the team is ready to be without me.
They have experience.
"This team is very young.
They have good quality players and I hope that in the next Cup of Nations they are going to win it.
"With coach Christian Gourcuff, we have a future in my view," added Bougherra after winning his 70th cap.
"This team is young with an average age of 23-24 years and it will return for many Nations Cups in the future."
Formerly on the books of home town club Gueugnon and later Rangers in Scotland, the France-born defender now plays for Foujairah in the United Arab Emirates.