Laurent Koscielny retires from France duty

Laurent Koscielny has criticised France's World Cup-winning boss Didier Deschamps

Laurent Koscielny has retired from global football and detailed how France's World Cup success had more of a negative impact on him than the injury that ruled him out of contention. When you are injured... after a certain period of time, you are forgotten about'.

"It feels like being hit around the back of the head".

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

Koscielny announced previous year that he meant to retire from worldwide football after the World Cup and said missing out on the tournament did not change his mind.

When asked by Canal+ whether Deschamps kept an eye on his progress, Koscielny replied: 'He (Deschamps) called me once for my birthday in September. "France have a lovely generation with great players - Les Bleus are finished for me", he said in an interview with Canal+.

'Otherwise, no. Lots of people disappointed me.

Laurent Koscielny suffered an Achilles injury in May
Laurent Koscielny suffered an Achilles injury in May

"France's World Cup victory did me a lot more psychological damage than my injury did me", he said.

"I think France's victory did me more psychological damage than my injury".

"I will always be a supporter of France because it remains a team that represents our country, but I will not wear the blue jersey".

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.

"I have a new state of mind, there will be the Laurent before and the Laurent after injury. I want to carry on at Arsenal and I want to come back soon", he said. "I want to fight".

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

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