France captain Hugo Lloris ends international career

January 11, 2023

World Cup winner Hugo Lloris retired on Monday after a record 145 games played.

Tottenham’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023.

Lloris won the 2018 World Cup and was captain of a team that lost to Argentina in the final in Qatar last month.

The 36-year-old goalkeeper told L’Equipe that he will focus on his career at Tottenham in the Premier League.

Lloris said: “I want to continue to perform, to live in the sport as I have always done and maybe this decision will give me more physical freshness at my club.”

“In the next four or five months, at Tottenham, I want to live a strong life, get into the top four in the Premier League, do something strong in the Champions League and the FA Cup.”

France coach Didier Deschamps has paid tribute to the “great servant of the French team” and “an extraordinary man” who decided to retire “at the height of his game”.

“He was captain when I became coach in 2012, I kept the armband for him and I have never regretted it,” Deschamps said in a statement relayed by the French Football Federation.

Lloris made his national team debut in a friendly against Uruguay in 2008.

“14 and a half seasons as goalkeeper for France was strong, but also mentally exhausting. I hope to give myself some time so that I can continue to play at the highest level,” said Lloris for several years. “

 

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