Laurent Koscielny confirms retirement from France national team

Laurent Koscielny confirms retirement from France national team

Picking up an injury during Arsenal's Europa League semi-final clash with Atletico Madrid last season, what appeared an innocuous enough incident resulted in Laurent Koscielny missing out on France's World Cup success in Russian Federation.

Koscielny had said a year ago that he would retire from internationals after the World Cup, but missed France's triumph in Russian Federation after rupturing his Achilles tendon toward the end of last season.

"The injury is one thing, the victory of the World Cup is another", Koscielny said.

But he also said his absence in Russian Federation this summer will remain "a dark step" in his career.

Annoucing his retirement yesterday, Koscielny said: "I think that I have given everything I can for France". I'm 33 now. I've been to two Euros, a World Cup. For me, my injury has not changed anything. "France have a handsome generation with great players - Les Bleus are finished for me", he said in an interview with Canal+.

"I think that I have given everything I can for France".

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Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny returned to training after recovering fully from an Achilles surgery.

"I have a new state of mind, there will be Laurent before and the Laurent after injury". There will be the Laurent before and the Laurent after the injury.

"I want to continue at Arsenal".

"I haven't resumed training, but I want to fight", he concluded.

His last appearance for France was in March during the 3-1 friendly victory over Russian Federation.

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