Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny calls time on his worldwide career

Aubrey Yates
October 18, 2018

Laurent Koscielny has slammed France's World Cup winning boss Didier Deschamps as the Arsenal defender announced his worldwide retirement.

The 33-year-old missed the World Cup with an achilles injury and had meant to retire from global duty after the tournament.

Koscielny even went as far as admitting that he felt so mistreated that a part of him actually wanted France to lose at the World Cup. I'm 33 now. I've been to two Euros, a World Cup.

Koscielny was called up to the French national team on February 3, 2011, after he chose to switch allegiance to France as he was eligible to play for Poland then. "For me, my injury hasn't changed anything", he said.

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However, Deschamps opted to defend himself on Monday, claiming that Les Bleus had not forgotten about Koscielny.

"It's my first big injury, mentally you're getting very strong, you're learning a lot about football and life, I've worked every day at St-Raphael, and put my family aside", he said. "You spend all the time on your phone... it's soft".

"He sent me a text for my birthday in September, otherwise I did not have contact with him", said the centre-back. "Lots of people disappointed me, not only the coach..." Not only the coach. It feels like a hit on the back of the head. The 33-year-old has now an opportunity to elongate his club career and focus completely on Arsenal duties. It's a unusual feeling that during the tournament I wanted them to qualify, but at the same time I wanted them to lose. "Certain people will say: "How could he want France to lose?" but that was my feeling in those particular moments". I want to continue at Arsenal, I want to return quickly.

He is expected to be back in full training in November.

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