Laurent Koscielny Retires, Fires Shot at Manager

Laurent Koscielny Retires, Fires Shot at Manager
Laurent Koscielny | Credit: AFP

Laurent Koscielny has bid farewell to the France national team - he has put an end to his career on the international front.

The Arsenal defender who spoke in an interview with Canal+ talked of how pained he was to miss out of the 2018 World Cup in Russia which was won by his country.

He also took shots at the French team manager Didier Deschamps for not being the so caring one at a time when he was battling the injury that ruled him out of the mundial.

He said: "He called me once for my birthday in September. Otherwise, no.

"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."

The 33-year-old did not hide his disappointment as he disclosed how downcast he was when he lost the chance of laying hands on the iconic World Cup title. According to him, he suffered more trauma from that than from his fitness problem.

“France’s World Cup victory did me a lot more psychological damage than my injury did me. I think that I have given everything I can for France, I am 33, I have done two Euros, one World Cup.

“France has a great generation of great players now. My injury does not change my decision. For Les Bleus, it is finished.”

Koscielny made his debut in November 2011 and has since had 51 appearances, some of which were recorded at the 2012 and 2016 Euro Championship as well as the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

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