Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny retires from international football

Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny retires from international football

- Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny has announced his retirement from international soccer

- His last game for France was in March during the 3-1 friendly victory over Russia

- Koscielny who missed the 2018 World Cup played 51 games for France before retiring

Laurent Koscielny who is the captain of Premier League club Arsenal has announced his retirement from international football claiming that lots of people disappointed him.

The 33-year-old defender was expected to be in the France squad at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but he missed the tournament due to the injury he sustained.

He picked the injury that ruled him out of the World Cup while playing for Arsenal in the Europa League semi final encounter against Spanish club Atletico Madrid.

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

"The injury is one thing, the victory of the World Cup is another. I think the victory certainly made me much more psychologically hurt than my injury.

"Lots of people disappointed me. Not only the coach. It feels like a hit on the back of the head.

"I think I gave the France team what I could. For me, my injury has not changed anything. The Blues are over, after that, I will always be a supporter of the French team but what is certain is that I will not put on the blue jersey.

"I have a new state of mind, there will be the Laurent before and the Laurent after injury. I want to continue to Arsenal, I want to return quickly. I want to fight,'' he told French channel Canal+.

Laurent Koscielny made 51 appearances for France after making his debut in November 2011 and was also among the squad that played at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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

The France international center-back was back at London Colney last month to continue his rehabilitation at the Emirates stadium.

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