However, the Hammers feared they would lose Song for the rest of the month after he flew back to his homeland to discuss his international future with the Cameroon Football Federation and the possibility of appearing in the continental cup competition.
Those fears have now been allayed, with Song announcing in a statement released to Press Association Sport that he has decided to quit the national team. "Since the World Cup in the summer and my subsequent exclusion from the Cameroon squad for the African Cup of Nations I have taken the decision to retire from international football," he said.
Song joined West Ham on a season-long loan from Barcelona last August having struggled to hold down a first-team berth at the Spanish giants following his £15mi move from Arsenal in 2012. The 27-year-old has played a major role in the Hammers' impressive form this season and manager Sam Allardyce recently spoke about his hopes of being able to tie the midfielder down to a long-term deal. West Ham have slipped to seventh in the English Premier League standings after winning just one of their last five games, but are still only five points behind third-placed Manchester United.
Song made his Cameroon debut against Morocco in November 2005 and has won 49 caps for his country. His last appearance finished in ignominious fashion though, shown a straight red card in a 4-0 World Cup defeat for striking Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic in the back with his elbow in an off-the-ball incident before half-time.
Song was handed a three-match ban for that incident, ruling him out of Cameroon's final group match against Brazil, and he has not played for his country since. Cameroon lost 4-1 to Brazil to finish bottom of Group A with no points and only one goal scored.