English Premiership

Arsenal's Koscielny says France career 'finished'

2018-10-14 21:41
Laurent Koscielny (Supplied)
Laurent Koscielny (Supplied)

Paris - Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny, who missed France's Soccer World Cup triumph in Russia due to injury, said on Sunday his international career was "finished".

The 33-year-old had intended to retire from France duty following the tournament, but the defender was ruled out of Didier Deschamps' squad for the finals after rupturing his Achilles tendon in May.

"The injury is one thing, the World Cup win is another. I think the victory certainly hurt me much more psychologically than my injury," Koscielny told Canal Plus.

"The World Cup will remain a dark stage of my career and my life."

"I think I've given what I could to the France team. I'm 33 now. I've been to two Euros, a World Cup. For me, my injury hasn't changed anything," he said.

"It's over with Les Bleus. I will always be a France supporter but what is sure is that I will never put on the blue shirt again."

Koscielny has yet to return for Arsenal since hurting himself during the second leg of last season's Europa League semi-final defeat by Atletico Madrid.

"I have a new mindset. There will be the Laurent before and the Laurent after the injury. I want to carry on at Arsenal and I want to come back soon," he said.

"I don't know what level I'm going to have because I haven't resumed training yet, but I want to fight in any event."

Koscielny made his France debut in November 2011 in a friendly against the United States. He earned the last of his 51 caps in a 3-1 victory over Russia in March.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 19 January 2019
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leicester City, Molineux Stadium 14:30
Liverpool v Crystal Palace, Anfield 17:00
Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion, Old Trafford 17:00
Newcastle United v Cardiff City, St. James' Park 17:00
Southampton v Everton, St. Mary's Stadium 17:00
Watford v Burnley, Vicarage Road Stadium 17:00
AFC Bournemouth v West Ham United, Vitality Stadium 17:00
Arsenal v Chelsea, Emirates Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 20 January 2019
Huddersfield Town v Manchester City, The John Smith's Stadium 15:30
Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur, Craven Cottage 18:00
Tuesday, 29 January 2019
Fulham v Brighton & Hove Albion, Craven Cottage 21:45
Arsenal v Cardiff City, Emirates Stadium 21:45
Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Ham United, Molineux Stadium 21:45
Huddersfield Town v Everton, The John Smith's Stadium 21:45
Manchester United v Burnley, Old Trafford 22:00
Newcastle United v Manchester City, St. James' Park 22:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2018/19 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.