France captain Hugo Lloris ends international career


World Cup winner Hugo Lloris retired from the French national team on Monday after making a record 145 appearances.

Loris was the captain of the 2018 World Cup winners, who lost to Argentina in the final in Qatar last month.

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

“I would like to continue performing in this sport as I have always done,” Loris said.

“I want to be strong at Tottenham for the next four or five months, to be in the top four of the Premier League and to be strong in the Champions League and FA Cup.”

France coach Didier Deschamps paid tribute to a “great servant of the French team” and a “great human being” who decided to retire “with the best results”.

“When I became coach in 2012, he was the captain. I wore an armband for him. I have never regretted it.”

Loris made his international debut in a friendly against Uruguay in 2008.

“It’s been an encouraging, but mentally exhausting, job as goalkeeper for the French team for 14 and a half seasons,” Loris said. “And by giving myself time, I hope I can continue to play at the highest level for several years.”

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