Arsenal skipper Laurent Koscielny has announced his retirement from international football, and opened up on the mixed feelings he had as France won the World Cup this summer.
The Arsenal man would have been a fixture in the side, but missed out due to the Achilles tendon injury he suffered in May. The 33 year old spoke openly about how being unable to play in Russia was harder for him to deal with than the injury itself.
Speaking to Canal +, he said, “France’s World Cup victory did me a lot more psychological damage than my injury did me.
“I wanted them to qualify for the next round, and at the same time I wanted them to lose. It is a selfish side.
“Certain people will say: ‘How could he want France to lose?’ but that was my feeling in those particular moments.
“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 also had some harsh words for France coach Didier Deschamps who he felt let down by after the seriousness of the injury he suffered.
“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.
“He [Deschamps] called me once for my birthday in September. Otherwise, no. Lots of people disappointed me.
“Not only the coach.”
It emerged earlier this summer that had he not picked up that injury, Koscielny might well have been playing his football elsewhere as he felt the departure of Arsene Wenger might well have been a good time to move on himself.
He is back in training though, and with some doubts over the centre of our defence still, it’d be good to see him return and help shore things up back there.