KOSCIELNY CONFIRMS RETIREMENT FROM INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL

Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal and French defender has confirmed his retirement from international football. He also criticised France coach Didier Deschamps for not offering more support during his long injury layoff.

In 2017, Koscielny said that he would retire from internationals after the World Cup, but missed France’s world cup success in Russia after rupturing his Achilles tendon toward the end of last season.

Speaking with Canal Plus, Koscielny said he has no intention to go back on his decision to retire. He said that:

“I think that I have given everything I can for France. My injury does not change my decision. For Les Bleus it is finished”.

Koscielny who was expected to be a starter for France in Russia has said the experience of having to watch from the sidelines as the team won the World Cup has been the most painful part of his ordeal.

“France’s World Cup victory did me a lot more psychological damage than my injury did me”.

He went on to say he was disappointed with Deschamps for not staying in touch more during his rehabilitation period.

“He called me once for my birthday in September. Otherwise, no [contact]. Lots of people disappointed me. Not only the coach.

“It feels like a hit on the back of the head. When you are in good form, you have lots of friends. When you are injured … after a certain period of time, you are forgotten about”.

Koscielny was made club captain by Arsenal coach Unai Emery despite his long-term absence, and has been working toward his return at the Gunners’ training ground in London Colney. He is expected to be back in full training in November.

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